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[doo r, douuh r, dou-er] /dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər/
sullen; gloomy:
The captain's dour look depressed us all.
severe; stern:
His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.
Origin of dour
1325-75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1
Related forms
dourly, adverb
dourness, noun
1. morose, sour, moody. See glum. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dour
  • So far the show favors dour bickering over fish-out-of-water rural humor, much to its detriment.
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  • Appreciate their light-heartedness and enjoy their presence in a class that can too often be populated with dour students.
  • Other companies added to the dour mood with more warnings of sales shortfalls.
  • The coach of the Lakers appears a tad dour in his pre-game press conference.
  • The press has become similarly dour.
  • The other dour denizens go about their business unaware.
British Dictionary definitions for dour


/dʊə; ˈdaʊə/
hard or obstinate
Derived Forms
dourly, adverb
dourness, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard
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Contemporary definitions for dour

bleak and gloomy

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for dour

mid-14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from Latin durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy, sullen" is late 15c.

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