Origin of drear
First recorded in 1620–30; back formation from dreary
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Related Words for drearerlonely, harsh, somber, dreary, sad, dark, gloomy, dismal, grim, black, cheerless, discouraging, funereal, hard, hopeless, joyless, melancholy, mournful, oppressive, comfortless
1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.
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