[druhm-lee; Scot. droo m-lee]

adjective, drum·li·er, drum·li·est. Scot.

troubled; gloomy.

Origin of drumly

1505–15; nasalized variant of Middle English drublie, droblie, Old English drōflīc, equivalent to drōf turbid, troubled (cognate with German trüb) + -līc -ly
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Historical Examples of drumly

  • But on looking down I saw the Airey in his own channel—almost as drumly as the mire-burn—vulgarly called road—I was plashing up.

  • Far west, into the drizzling night the river lamps stretched, showing the drumly water of the highway of the world.


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

  • The green meadows were not inviting, the grass was dripping, the flowers closed and heavy, the river red and drumly.

  • They had fished the Drumly many a time without it, and this was to be another such day as those of old.

    Tommy and Grizel

    J.M. Barrie

  • For the boy came back to Tommy when he heard the Drumly singing; it was as if he had suddenly seen his mother looking young again.

    Tommy and Grizel

    J.M. Barrie