1. lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise;
- Example: "her drab personality"
- Example: "life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas"
- Example: "a series of dreary dinner parties"
[syn: drab, dreary]
2. causing dejection;
- Example: "a blue day"
- Example: "the dark days of the war"
- Example: "a week of rainy depressing weather"
- Example: "a disconsolate winter landscape"
- Example: "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"
- Example: "a dark gloomy day"
- Example: "grim rainy weather"
[syn: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dreary \Drear"y\ (dr[=e]r"[y^]), a. [Compar. Drearier; superl. Dreariest.] [OE. dreori, dreri, AS. dre['o]rig, sad; akin to G. traurig, and prob. to AS. dre['o]san to fall, Goth. driusan. Cf. Dross, Drear, Drizzle, Drowse.] 1. Sorrowful; distressful. [Obs.] " Dreary shrieks." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Exciting cheerless sensations, feelings, or associations; comfortless; dismal; gloomy. " Dreary shades." --Dryden. "The dreary ground." --Prior. [1913 Webster] Full many a dreary anxious hour. --Keble. [1913 Webster] Johnson entered on his vocation in the most dreary part of that dreary interval which separated two ages of prosperity. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
dreary adj 1: lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise; "her drab personality"; "life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas"; "a series of dreary dinner parties" [syn: drab, dreary] 2: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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