Dour meaning

do͝or, dour
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Sullen; gloomy; forbidding.
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Hard; stern; severe.
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Obstinate.
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The definition of dour is stern, severe or gloomy.

An example of something dour is a dark, cloudy sky.

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Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding.

A dour, self-sacrificing life.

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Silently ill-humored; gloomy.

The proverbially dour New England Puritan.

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Sternly obstinate; unyielding.

A dour determination.

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Origin of dour

  • Middle English possibly from Middle Irish dúr probably from Latin dūrus hard deru- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin dūrus (“hard, stern”), or possibly from Middle Irish dúr.

    From Wiktionary