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[dreer] /drɪər/
adjective, Literary.
Origin of drear
1620-30; back formation from dreary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As morning dawns, musicians stumble home to financial drear.
  • The morning after my arrival here was as dull and drear as the heart of the gloomiest misanthrope could desire.
  • It is a parade of the common, the colorless, the drear.
  • Empty and drear was each room, and haunted with phantoms of terror.
Word Origin and History for drear

1620s, poetic shortening of dreary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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