- causing sadness or gloom.
- dull; boring.
- sorrowful; sad.
Origin of dreary
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Examples from the Web for dreariness
So, she went through the inferno of days and nights in a dreariness of suffering that was deadly.Within the Law
Do you suppose I do not understand the dreariness it has been for you?The Gentleman From Indiana
She takes a fancy to the dreariness, and always carries the key with her.
The weather was much the same; but its dreariness had vanished.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Now the bigness only emphasized the dreariness and desolation.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- sad or dull; dismal
- wearying; boring
- archaic miserable
Word Origin and History for dreariness
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."