Adjective "Dreary" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈdrɪəri/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Depressingly dull and bleak or repetitive.
  1. 'These men were more interested in ideas than in the dreary routines of manual labour.'
  2. 'A wall of bare branches and actual rain falling evokes the dreary time of year.'
  3. 'For many of them, Miami shopping adds significance to their otherwise dreary lives.'
  4. 'Many a dreary office afternoon has been passed picturing a life in photography.'
  5. 'You know you're in a bad food place when takeaways are the boring dreary option.'
  6. 'The Bank's pronouncements flow from an equally dreary view that inflation is yet again about to take off.'
  7. 'So the shop opened in dreary February, when indulgence isn't on many minds.'
  8. 'It had not occurred to me until I stood there that what we were doing was more than clearing the landscape of dreary sheep.'
  9. 'What dreary, conservative, uninvolved lives previous generations led in comparison.'
  10. 'Last but not least, she wanted to know when she would be allowed to leave this dreary old flat!'

Definitions

adjective, drearier, dreariest.

1. causing sadness or gloom.

2. dull; boring.

3. sorrowful; sad.

More examples(as adjective)

"refusals can be dreary as rains."

"circumstances can be dreary for staffs."

"circumstances can be dreary for patients."

"backs can be dreary in/at/on ways."

"backs can be dreary as vehicles."

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Origin

(dreary)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.