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dreary

[dreer-ee] /ˈdrɪər i/
adjective, drearier, dreariest.
1.
causing sadness or gloom.
2.
dull; boring.
3.
sorrowful; sad.
Origin
900
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
Related forms
drearily, adverb
dreariness, noun
drearisome, adjective
Synonyms
1. gloomy, dismal, drear, cheerless, depressing, comfortless. 2. tedious, monotonous, wearisome, tiresome.
Antonyms
1. cheerful. 2. interesting.
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British Dictionary definitions for dreariness

dreary

/ˈdrɪərɪ/
adjective drearier, dreariest
1.
sad or dull; dismal
2.
wearying; boring
3.
(archaic) miserable
Also (literary) drear
Derived Forms
drearily, adverb
dreariness, noun
Word Origin
Old English drēorig gory; related to Old High German trūreg sad
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Word Origin and History for dreariness
n.

Old English dreorinysse; see dreary + -ness.

dreary

adj.

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."

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