Definition of dreary in US English:

dreary

adjective

  • Dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing.

    ‘the dreary routine of working, eating, and trying to sleep’
    • ‘You know you're in a bad food place when takeaways are the boring dreary option.’
    • ‘So, what does anything of this dreary autumn reminiscence have to do with politics?’
    • ‘It had not occurred to me until I stood there that what we were doing was more than clearing the landscape of dreary sheep.’
    • ‘Last but not least, she wanted to know when she would be allowed to leave this dreary old flat!’
    • ‘Do you ever feel like your life is falling into a dreary, pointless routine?’
    • ‘The Bank's pronouncements flow from an equally dreary view that inflation is yet again about to take off.’
    • ‘What dreary, conservative, uninvolved lives previous generations led in comparison.’
    • ‘These men were more interested in ideas than in the dreary routines of manual labour.’
    • ‘For many of them, Miami shopping adds significance to their otherwise dreary lives.’
    • ‘How better to brighten up a sedate outfit, or add a dash of colour to an otherwise dreary day?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A wall of bare branches and actual rain falling evokes the dreary time of year.’
    • ‘Outside, everything was as damp and dreary as virtually every day of this sopping wet month has been.’
    • ‘My hand could not write nearly as fast as my mind wound round the dreary tone of the poem.’
    • ‘So the shop opened in dreary February, when indulgence isn't on many minds.’
    • ‘That is not to imply that they are having dreary days and a summer sacrificed to community service.’
    • ‘You often describe your house husband days as dreary and full of angst.’
    • ‘Many a dreary office afternoon has been passed picturing a life in photography.’
    • ‘The rugby matched the dark dreary weather as Malton made struggled to keep their unbeaten home record intact.’
    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

/ˈdrirē//ˈdrɪri/