- The definition of dismal is something that is gloomy that makes you feel sad.
An example of dismal is a cloudy day.
dismal definition by Webster's New World
- causing gloom or misery; depressing
- dark and gloomy; bleak; dreary
- depressed; miserable
Origin: Middle English origin, originally noun , evil days (of the medieval calendar) ; from Old French dis mal ; from Midieval Latin dies mali, evil days: see deity and amp; mal-
- dismally adverb
dismal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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.
- disˈmal·ly adverb
- disˈmal·ness noun