dour

[door, douuhr, dou-er]
adjective
1.
sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all.
2.
severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
3.
Scot. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1

dourly, adverb
dourness, noun


1. morose, sour, moody. See glum.
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dour (dʊə, ˈdaʊə)
 
adj
1.  sullen
2.  hard or obstinate
 
[C14: probably from Latin dūrus hard]
 
'dourly
 
adv
 
'dourness
 
n

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Main Entry:  dour1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  extremely serious and stern; forbidding
Etymology:  Latin durus 'hard'
Main Entry:  dour2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  gloomy, sullen
Etymology:  Latin durus 'hard'
Main Entry:  dour3
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  stubborn and obstinate
Etymology:  Latin durus 'hard'
Main Entry:  dour4
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  bleak and gloomy
Etymology:  Latin durus 'hard'
Usage:  meteorology
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Word Origin & History

dour
late 14c., "severe," from Scottish and northern England dialect, probably from L. durus "hard" (see endure); sense of "gloomy" is late 15c.
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Example sentences
So far the show favors dour bickering over fish-out-of-water rural humor, much
  to its detriment.
And people ask me why I look so dour.
These tales will undoubtedly delight dog lovers and will not fail to charm even
  the most dour skeptics of supernatural phenomena.
The dour, stubborn Billy is not the most engaging or empathetic hero.
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