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dreary

[ dreer-ee ]
/ 藞dr瑟蓹r i /
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adjective, drear路i路er, drear路i路est.
causing sadness or gloom.
dull; boring.
sorrowful; sad.
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Origin of dreary

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dreary

drear路i路ly, adverbdrear路i路ness, noundrear路i路some, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dreary

dreary
/ (藞dr瑟蓹r瑟) /

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 dr膿orig gory; related to Old High German tr奴reg sad
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