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Relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.‘a hard, dour, humorless fanatic’
stern, unsmiling, unfriendly, frowning, poker-faced, severe, forbidding, morose, sour, gruff, surly, uncommunicative, grim, gloomy, dismal, sullen, sombre, grave, sober, serious, solemn, austere, mean-looking, stony, unsympathetic, disapprovingView synonyms
- ‘Dire, dour and disappointing are three which spring instantly to mind.’
- ‘He can come across as intensely serious about the game, even dour in the eyes of the fans, but this is as much a myth as so much in football.’
- ‘Competitors will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the dour second round when there was an unprecedented number of blanks on a chilly river.’
- ‘She said research suggested he was a ‘quiet and dour man’ and not even that good-looking.’
- ‘It was still cold and a little gloomy but there was a dour magnificence to it.’
- ‘He looked like a dour, stern man and had a rather ominous air about him.’
- ‘In his dour manner, he stated that he was the foreman of the team, and called over two other men whom he introduced.’
- ‘But after going upstairs for a shower he would grow uncommunicative and dour.’
- ‘However it made the first-half a dour affair and we saw just five scores in half-an-hour of action.’
- ‘Steelwork was still the original somewhat dour black, and the pine-plank ceilings made the place feel dark.’
- ‘In a dour first half both teams were only able to score three goals, with Nimbin holding the lead by just four points.’
- ‘The second half was a dour affair with neither side looking like scoring.’
- ‘He appears a dour and silent man notable only for his extreme religious convictions.’
- ‘His smile no longer triggered the normal facial muscles, gradually projecting a slightly dour expression.’
- ‘This was a dour affair that did little to lift the hearts of the dedicated few who were in headquarters to cheer on their sides.’
- ‘It's all a bit dour, spindly trees where there are trees at all, and more than a few boarded-up stores.’
- ‘Photographs of him make him appear dour, and he lived a monkish kind of life.’
- ‘However, given the dour nature of the contest, it appeared that summer holidays were closer to the player's minds.’
- ‘You must be, for the whole psychological profession, which is often very dour, very serious.’
- ‘I hate to sign off on such a dour note but I'm afraid I'm going to have to.’
Late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from Scottish Gaelic dúr dull, obstinate, stupid perhaps from Latin durus hard.
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