- Doldrums is defined as a gloomy feeling, low spirits or a time of inactivity.
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: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English dul (see dull), after tantrum
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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: From obsolete doldrum, dullard, alteration (influenced by tantrum) of Middle English dold, past participle of dullen, to dull, from dul, dull; see dull.
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