- causing sadness or gloom.
- dull; boring.
- sorrowful; sad.
Origin of dreary
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Related Wordsgloom, insipidness, blandness, drabness, melancholy, sadness, depression, flatness, vapidity, dullness, dryness, insipidity, forlornness, boringness
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."