adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.
- dreamy state,
- dred scott decision,
- dredge up
Origin of dreary
Examples from the Web for drearily
"I reckoned she'd prob'ly have it over you, too," said Mr. Gammon, drearily.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
His look of a bygone awake-in-sleep old look, drearily known to her, was like a strip of sunlight on a fortress wall.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
What a spectacle presented itself to her imagination, as drearily she looked round!
"Most comfortable, and so very clean—quite spotless," the wife answered admiringly, and yet drearily.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Without attempting to bid him any farewell she moved toward the door slowly and drearily.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
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."