An example of something dour is a dark, cloudy sky.
- Scot. hard; stern; severe
- Scot. obstinate
- sullen; gloomy; forbidding
Origin of dourMiddle English ; from Classical Latin durus: see durable
- Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding: a dour, self-sacrificing life.
- Silently ill-humored; gloomy: the proverbially dour New England Puritan.
- Sternly obstinate; unyielding: a dour determination.
Origin of dourMiddle English, possibly from Middle Irish dúr, probably from Latin d&umacron;rus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative dourer or more dour, superlative dourest or most dour)
From Latin dūrus (“hard, stern”), or possibly from Middle Irish dúr.