Too intent upon her own feelings to give heed to the dourness of the lad Peggy followed him silently as he strode from the house.
His face had an ugly, sullen look, something of his father's dourness.
"You're as obstinate as the devil," smiled Peter, but in his heart he admired the dourness of his friend.
Business is lively here, the chronic "dourness" of a market being discounted by the scarcity of horseflesh.
There was a "dourness" about his character which would not permit him to bid for popularity.
Stephen had apparently lost none of his dourness of the previous night.
Our Scottish kirk has a great reputation for dourness—but it has probably kindled more humour than it ever quenched.
There are days when I could do a hand-spring, if for nothing more than to shock my solemn old Dinky-Dunk out of his dourness.
Rob turned on her with all the dourness of the Anguses in him.
All grim and grey, and waste, and dourness and dool; like the army as it returns frae the fecht.
bleak and gloomy
Latin durus 'hard'