adjective Literary.

1620–30; back formation from dreary

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Example sentences
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.
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