Definition of dreary in English:

dreary

adjective

  • Depressingly dull and bleak or repetitive.

    ‘the dreary round of working, eating, and trying to sleep’
    • ‘It had not occurred to me until I stood there that what we were doing was more than clearing the landscape of dreary sheep.’
    • ‘The rugby matched the dark dreary weather as Malton made struggled to keep their unbeaten home record intact.’
    • ‘You often describe your house husband days as dreary and full of angst.’
    • ‘My hand could not write nearly as fast as my mind wound round the dreary tone of the poem.’
    • ‘That is not to imply that they are having dreary days and a summer sacrificed to community service.’
    • ‘Post-war England was dreary and depressing and I was delighted at the prospect of getting away.’
    • ‘On the wrong day traffic can be backed up almost its entire dreary length giving the road its present bad reputation.’
    • ‘Outside, everything was as damp and dreary as virtually every day of this sopping wet month has been.’
    • ‘Last but not least, she wanted to know when she would be allowed to leave this dreary old flat!’
    • ‘How better to brighten up a sedate outfit, or add a dash of colour to an otherwise dreary day?’
    • ‘Do you ever feel like your life is falling into a dreary, pointless routine?’
    • ‘So, what does anything of this dreary autumn reminiscence have to do with politics?’
    • ‘What dreary, conservative, uninvolved lives previous generations led in comparison.’
    • ‘Many a dreary office afternoon has been passed picturing a life in photography.’
    • ‘For many of them, Miami shopping adds significance to their otherwise dreary lives.’
    • ‘A wall of bare branches and actual rain falling evokes the dreary time of year.’
    • ‘You know you're in a bad food place when takeaways are the boring dreary option.’
    • ‘These men were more interested in ideas than in the dreary routines of manual labour.’
    • ‘The Bank's pronouncements flow from an equally dreary view that inflation is yet again about to take off.’
    • ‘So the shop opened in dreary February, when indulgence isn't on many minds.’
    dull, drab, uninteresting, flat, dry, banal, bland, insipid, colourless, lifeless, sterile, tedious, wearisome, boring, unexciting, unstimulating, uninspiring, desolate, vapid, jejune, bloodless, soul-destroying, as dry as dust
    sad, miserable, depressing, grim, gloomy, glum, sombre, grave, doleful, mournful, melancholic, joyless, cheerless, wretched
    gloomy, dismal, bleak, dull, dark, dingy, murky, overcast, depressing, sombre
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Origin

Old English drēorig ‘gory, cruel’, also ‘melancholy’, from drēor ‘gore’, of Germanic origin; related to German traurig ‘sorrowful’, also to drowsy, and probably to drizzle.

Pronunciation

dreary

/ˈdrɪəri/