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Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.
Middle English possibly from Middle Irish dúr probably from Latin dūrus hard deru- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin dūrus (“hard, stern”), or possibly from Middle Irish dúr.
The social reformer of the past is depicted as a dour spinster wielding an axe to break barrels of "Demon Rum."
The tanker driver was a dour, surly man.
It is situated at the mouth of a small stream, the Dour, whose valley here breaches the high chalk cliffs which fringe the coast on either hand.
A rare capacity for tedious work, a dour Catonian rectitude, a passion for truth, pride, irritability at criticism and independence of character, are the marks of Herculano as a man.
If given the choice between two potential partners, one with a sunny disposition, and another with a dour expression, a male Sagittarian will always choose the individual who is smiling.
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