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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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  • Balt Haer, who had obviously already had a few, looked at him dourly.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "Your uncle is only forty-five and in his prime," said Aunt Augusta dourly.

  • The co-pilot regarded them dourly, and Joe clenched his fists.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • "He will find it best in this instance," says Saxham dourly.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Oh, it was a dourly tragical young man who shared Mr. Smith's bedroom during the next few months.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • "—Incorporated information and I can depend on it," said Bors dourly.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The others came in, Howell dourly and Graves wiping his moustache.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • "Lie down on the floor," said Andrews dourly, without looking at him.

    The Honored Prophet William E. Bentley
  • "I won't insult you by supposing that you have chosen such a time for joking," he said, dourly.

    Fire-Tongue Sax Rohmer
  • MacGregor looked at him dourly, disgust and anger on his big red face.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
British Dictionary definitions for dourly


/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 dourly

bleak and gloomy

Word Origin

Latin durus 'hard'

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for dourly



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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