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drear

[dreer]
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adjective Literary.
  1. dreary.
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Origin of drear

First recorded in 1620–30; back formation from dreary
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Related Words

lonely, harsh, somber, dreary, sad, dark, gloomy, dismal, grim, black, cheerless, discouraging, funereal, hard, hopeless, joyless, melancholy, mournful, oppressive, comfortless

Word Origin and History for drearer

drear

adj.

1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.

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