An example of dreary is the sky on a stormy day.
Origin of drearyMiddle English dreri from Old English dreorig, sad, origin, originally , bloody, gory from dreor, blood from base of dreosan, to drip from Indo-European base an unverified form dhreu-, break off from source drip, drowse
- Dismal; bleak.
- Boring; dull: dreary tasks.
Origin of drearyMiddle English dreri bloody, frightened, sad from Old English drēorig bloody, sad from drēor gore ; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative drearier or more dreary, superlative dreariest or most dreary)
From Middle English drery, from Old English drēoriġ (“dreary, sad, sorrowful, mournful, pensive, causing grief, cruel, horrid, grievous, bloody, blood-stained, gory, glorious”), from Proto-Germanic *dreuzagaz (“bloody”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreus- (“to break, break off, crumble”). Cognate with Dutch treurig (“sad, gloomy”), German traurig (“sad, sorrowful, mournful”), Old Norse dreyrigr (“bloody”). Related to Old English drēor (“blood, falling blood”), Old English drysmian (“to become gloomy”).