- The definition of dreary is something that is gloomy or depressing.
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”).