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DREARY (drearier, dreariest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dreary mean? 

DREARY (adjective)
  The adjective DREARY has 2 senses:

1. causing dejection
2. lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

  Familiarity information: DREARY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DREARY (adjective)

Sense 1dreary [BACK TO TOP]


Causing dejection


depressing; dismal; dreary; drear; dispiriting; gloomy; disconsolate; dingy; sorry; drab; grim; dark; blue

Context examples:

a blue day / the dark days of the war / a week of rainy depressing weather / a disconsolate winter landscape / the first dismal dispiriting days of November / a dark gloomy day / grim rainy weather


cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)

Sense 2dreary [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise


drab; dreary

Context examples:

her drab personality / life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas / a series of dreary dinner parties


dull (lacking in liveliness or animation)

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