adjective, drearier, dreariest.
causing sadness or gloom.
dull; boring.
sorrowful; sad.

before 900; Middle English drery, Old English drēorig gory, cruel, sad, equivalent to drēor gore + -ig -y1; akin to Old Norse dreyrigr bloody, German traurig sad

drearily, adverb
dreariness, noun
drearisome, adjective

1. gloomy, dismal, drear, cheerless, depressing, comfortless. 2. tedious, monotonous, wearisome, tiresome.

1. cheerful. 2. interesting.
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dreary (ˈdrɪərɪ)
adj , drearier, dreariest
1.  sad or dull; dismal
2.  wearying; boring
3.  archaic miserable
[Old English drēorig gory; related to Old High German trūreg sad]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dreorig "sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (pp. droren) "fall, decline, fail," from W.Gmc. *dreuzas (cf. O.N. dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, Ger. traurig "sad, sorrowful"). The word has lost its original sense of "dripping blood." Sense
of "dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but O.E. had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy."
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Example sentences
This man was doing nothing more than trying to brighten our dreary little
  worlds, after all.
Thank you for helping me start my dreary work day with a hearty laugh.
Most modern life is dreary, with an awful lot of routine drudgery.
Your letter arrived as something to alleviate winter's dreary grays.
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