Doldrums Definition

dōldrəmz, dôl-, dŏl-
Low spirits; dull, gloomy, listless feeling.
Webster's New World
Sluggishness or complete inactivity; stagnation.
Webster's New World
A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
American Heritage
Equatorial ocean regions noted for dead calms and light fluctuating breezes.
Webster's New World
Such calms and breezes, located between the belts of the NE and SE trade winds.
Webster's New World

Origin of Doldrums

  • From obsolete doldrum dullard alteration (influenced by tantrum) of Middle English dold past participle of dullen to dull from dul dull dull

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • No definitive etymology, possibly: 1795–1805; obsolete dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum (s) (plural) noun suffix (see tantrum); or from Goidelic doltrum (“grief, vexation”).

    From Wiktionary

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