Origin of drear
First recorded in 1620–30; back formation from dreary
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Related Wordslonely, 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
1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.
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