- The definition of dreary is something that is gloomy or depressing.
An example of dreary is the sky on a stormy day.
Origin: Middle 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
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adjective drea·ri·er, drea·ri·est
- Dismal; bleak.
- Boring; dull: dreary tasks.
Origin: Middle English dreri, bloody, frightened, sad, from Old English drēorig, bloody, sad, from drēor, gore; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
- dreaˈri·ly adverb
- dreaˈri·ness noun