Definition of dreary in English:

dreary

adjective

  • Dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing.

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

/ˈdrirē/