- Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
||gloomy, sad, or dull.
Yesterday was a dreary winter day.
- bleak, dismal, gloomy
- similar words:
- barren, grim, hopeless, sterile
||cloudy, dark, drab, dull, gloomy, grim, melancholy, overcast, somber, sullen
||drearily (adv.), dreariness (n.)
comes from an Old English word that originally meant "gory or bloody." In time, "dreary" came to mean "horrid." By the 1600s, its meaning had softened to "gloomy."