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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 of dour
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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  • He was a silent, precise man with a dour nature and a hard Aberdonian accent.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.

  • When they were so poor and the future so dour, how could she keep from earning a little money?

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Nobody was surprised, since this dour officer had been in trouble before.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • One murmured to another: "Magersfontein, dour, and this—you've had some successful battles."

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

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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