adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.
Origin of dreary
Synonyms for dreary
Antonyms for dreary
Examples from the Web for drearily
Historical Examples of drearily
"Sending me to prison won't stop it," Mary Turner said, drearily.Within the Law
When Davis knocked at the door she said drearily, “Come in.”A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
"Maybe I'd be better able to say it if I knew what you was talkin' about, Sam," he observed, drearily.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"It was your thoughts I was following out," said she, drearily.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
“Tom tried to force people to let him work,” the girl went on drearily.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
adjective drearier or dreariest
Word Origin for dreary
Old English dreorig "sad, sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody, blood-stained," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (past participle droren) "fall, decline, fail," from West Germanic *dreuzas (cf. Old Norse dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, German traurig "sad, sorrowful"), from PIE root *dhreu- "to fall, flow, drip, droop" (see drip (v.)).
The word has lost its original sense of "dripping blood." Sense of "dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but Old English had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy."