- 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
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Related Words for dournesssimplicity, severity, bareness, economy, plainness, spareness, baldness, primitiveness, dourness, spartanism
Examples from the Web for dourness
Historical Examples of dourness
Rob turned on her with all the dourness of the Anguses in him.When a Man's Single
J. M. Barrie
His face had an ugly, sullen look, something of his father's dourness.The Pioneers
Katharine Susannah Prichard
Our Scottish kirk has a great reputation for dourness—but it has probably kindled more humour than it ever quenched.Law and Laughter
George Alexander Morton
Business is lively here, the chronic "dourness" of a market being discounted by the scarcity of horseflesh.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
"You're as obstinate as the devil," smiled Peter, but in his heart he admired the dourness of his friend.The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
- hard or obstinate
Word Origin for dour
mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.