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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dour mean? 

DOUR (adjective)
  The adjective DOUR has 3 senses:

1. stubbornly unyielding
2. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
3. showing a brooding ill humor

  Familiarity information: DOUR used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DOUR (adjective)

Sense 1dour [BACK TO TOP]


Stubbornly unyielding


dogged; dour; pertinacious; unyielding; tenacious

Context examples:

dogged persistence / dour determination / the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics / a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it / men tenacious of opinion


obstinate; stubborn; unregenerate (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)

Sense 2dour [BACK TO TOP]


Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance


forbidding; dour; grim

Context examples:

a dour, self-sacrificing life / a forbidding scowl / a grim man loving duty more than humanity / undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw


unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)

Sense 3dour [BACK TO TOP]


Showing a brooding ill humor


sullen; glowering; moody; morose; glum; saturnine; dour; sour; dark

Context examples:

a dark scowl / the proverbially dour New England Puritan / a glum, hopeless shrug / he sat in moody silence / a morose and unsociable manner / a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius / a sour temper / a sullen crowd


ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)

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