Clara was nervous about the test results when she saw the dismal expression on her doctor's face.
An example of dismal is a cloudy day.
- causing gloom or misery; depressing
- dark and gloomy; bleak; dreary
- depressed; miserable
Origin of dismalME, origin, originally noun , evil days (of the medieval calendar) from Old French dis mal from Medieval Latin dies mali, evil days: see deity and mal-
- Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
- Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit: a dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
- Obsolete Dreadful; disastrous.
Origin of dismalMiddle English unlucky days, unlucky from Anglo-Norman unlucky days from Medieval Latin diēs malī Latin diēs pl. of diēs day ; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.Latin malī pl. of malus evil ; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more dismal, superlative most dismal)
- Nouns to which "dismal" is often applied: failure, performance, state, record, place, result, scene, season, year, economy, future, fate, weather, news, condition, history.
From Anglo-Norman dismal, from Old French (li) dis mals (“(the) bad days”), from Medieval Latin diēs (“day”) mālī (“bad”).