dour

[ door, douuhr, dou-er ]
/ dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər /

adjective

sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all.
severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.

Origin of dour

1325–75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1

SYNONYMS FOR dour

1 morose, sour, moody. See glum.

Related forms

dour·ly, adverbdour·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dourly

dour

/ (dʊə, ˈdaʊə) /

adjective

sullen
hard or obstinate

Derived Forms

dourly, adverbdourness, noun

Word Origin for dour

C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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