"I don't know; but I suppose we can look," said Ted, dismally.
"I think the less she sees of me, the better she likes me," he said dismally.
"Wants my Panty," said the Lamb dismally, and his lip trembled.
Twas very dark and blustering and dismally cold at that time.
Elizabeth was dismally conscious of her own apparent inconsistencies.
"You are a man of infinite resource, Capataz," said Dr. Monygham, dismally.
"I don't see that we can do anything for them at any time," he said, dismally.
"I guess this is the end of it," announced Uncle Barney dismally.
"I won't be able to stand this much longer," he thought, dismally.
"It must be at least two or three hours since I went over," he thought, dismally.
c.1400, from Anglo-French dismal (mid-13c.), from Old French (li) dis mals "(the) bad days," from Medieval Latin dies mali "evil or unlucky days" (also called dies Ægyptiaci), from Latin dies "days" (see diurnal) + mali, plural of malus "bad" (see mal-).
Through the Middle Ages, calendars marked two days of each month as unlucky, supposedly based on the ancient calculations of Egyptian astrologers (Jan. 1, 25; Feb. 4, 26; March 1, 28; April 10, 20; May 3, 25; June 10, 16; July 13, 22; Aug. 1, 30; Sept. 3, 21; Oct. 3, 22; Nov. 5, 28; Dec. 7, 22). Modern sense of "gloomy, dreary" first recorded in English 1590s, in reference to sounds. Related: Dismally.