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dour

[doo r, douuh r, dou-er] /dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin dūrus dure1
Related forms
dourly, adverb
dourness, noun
Synonyms
1. morose, sour, moody. See glum.
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British Dictionary definitions for dour

dour

/dʊə; ˈdaʊə/
adjective
1.
sullen
2.
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
adjective

extremely serious and stern; forbidding

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

adjective

gloomy, sullen

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

adjective

stubborn and obstinate

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

adjective

bleak and gloomy

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

Usage Note

meteorology

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Word Origin and History for dour
adj.

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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