adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.
- dreamy state,
- dred scott decision,
- dredge up
Origin of dreary
Examples from the Web for dreary
The Daily Beast met Stevens in a dreary New York hotel room.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho|Tim Teeman|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike the dreary industrial region of Donbass where the fighting is concentrated, Crimea has great potential as a tourist center.
(Read More on the Crisis in Ukraine) Old, numerous and bipartisan are the tales that corroborate this dreary hypothesis.
Roberts starred as the titular servant in the dreary drama, with Malkovich as Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr.Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and More|Marlow Stern|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nearly a year after the shootings in Newtown, Murphy was again in Bridgeport City Hall, on a dreary Thursday.Sen. Chris Murphy, Taking On the NRA After Newtown|David Freedlander|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Long and dreary was the passage northward from Ronaldsay to Stronsay.The Pilots of Pomona|Robert Leighton
It was a welcome refuge to us, for we had well nigh perished with cold on the dreary paramo.The Andes and the Amazon|James Orton
Then you think of the home-life in the long winters as dreary; but it is not so.
Only long succession of dreary diatribes, with Gerald Balfour occasionally interposing with new promise of benignant sway.
I could not shake off that picture of her, sitting alone in that dreary rotunda of accumulated human knowledge.The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
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."