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dreary

[ dreer-ee ]
/ ˈdrɪər i /
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adjective, drear·i·er, drear·i·est.
causing sadness or gloom.
dull; boring.
sorrowful; sad.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM dreary

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

dreary
/ (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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