Doldrums definition

dōldrəmz, dôl-, dŏl-
A region of the globe found over the oceans near the equator in the intertropical convergence zone and having weather characterized variously by calm air, light winds, or squalls and thunderstorms. Hurricanes originate in this region.
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Doldrums is defined as a gloomy feeling, low spirits or a time of inactivity.

An example of doldrums is being stuck in the house during a week long snow storm.

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A period of stagnation or slump.
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A region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds, or squalls.
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Sluggishness or complete inactivity; stagnation.
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The weather conditions characteristic of these regions of the ocean.
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Equatorial ocean regions noted for dead calms and light fluctuating breezes.
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Such calms and breezes, located between the belts of the NE and SE trade winds.
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A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks – so called by sailors.
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The state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness; ennui, or tedium.

I was in the doldrums yesterday and just didn't feel inspired.

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A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
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Low spirits; dull, gloomy, listless feeling.
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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