An example of doldrums is being stuck in the house during a week long snow storm.
- low spirits; dull, gloomy, listless feeling
- sluggishness or complete inactivity; stagnation
- equatorial ocean regions noted for dead calms and light fluctuating breezes
- such calms and breezes, located between the belts of the NE and SE trade winds
Origin of doldrums; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English dul (see dull), after tantrum
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- a. A period of stagnation or slump.b. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
- a. A region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds, or squalls.b. The weather conditions characteristic of these regions of the ocean.
Origin of doldrumsFrom obsolete doldrum, dullard, alteration (influenced by tantrum) of Middle English dold, past participle of dullen, to dull, from dul, dull; see dull.
- A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks – so called by sailors
- the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness; ennui, or tedium
- I was in the doldrums yesterday and just didn't feel inspired.
No definitive etymology, possibly: 1795–1805; obsolete dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum (s) (plural) noun suffix (see tantrum); or from Goidelic doltrum (“grief, vexation”).