[ dreer-ee ]
/ ˈdrɪər i /

adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.

causing sadness or gloom.
dull; boring.
sorrowful; sad.

Origin of dreary

before 900; Middle English drery, Old English drēorig gory, cruel, sad, equivalent to drēor gore + -ig -y1; akin to Old Norse dreyrigr bloody, German traurig sad


drear·i·ly, adverbdrear·i·ness, noundrear·i·some, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dreariness

/ (ˈdrɪərɪ) /

adjective drearier or dreariest

sad or dull; dismal
wearying; boring
archaic miserable
Also (literary): drear

Derived forms of dreary

drearily, adverbdreariness, noun

Word Origin for dreary

Old English drēorig gory; related to Old High German trūreg sad
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