adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.
- dreamy state,
- dred scott decision,
- dredge up
Origin of dreary
Examples from the Web for dreariness
I vainly try to get down upon paper the dreariness, the ugliness, shabbiness, un-home-likeness of a Roman street.Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 1|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oh, the dreariness of the reality when compared with those bright expectations.We Two|Edna Lyall
The second prophecy made up in a measure for the dreariness of the first.
His weariness, which excitement had momentarily mitigated had returned with a heavy sense of dreariness.The Tyranny of Weakness|Charles Neville Buck
The dreariness of the country was relieved by but two farm houses during the whole day's march.Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment|Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
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."