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Word of the Day
Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Definitions for dour

  1. Harsh; stern.
  2. Unyielding; inflexible; obstinate.
  3. Marked by ill humor; gloomy; sullen.

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Citations for dour
John James Ruskin's dinner table was far too lively for the dour John La Touche. Tim Hilton, John Ruskin: The Later Years
Father Greeley, who had been studying Church leaders for years, said it was the first time he had ever seen the dour Cardinal Jean Villot, head of the Vatican bureaucracy, laugh. Jonathan Kwitny, Man of the Century
Origin of dour
Dour probably comes from Latin durus, "hard, stern, severe."