An example of dismal is a cloudy day.
Dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair.
A dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
He received a dismal compensation.
Origin of dismal
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman dismal, from Old French (li) dis mals (“(the) bad days”), from Medieval Latin diēs (“day”) mālī (“bad”).