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drear·y

dreary

 
 
pronunciation:
dri ri
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: drearier, dreariest
definition: gloomy, sad, or dull.
Yesterday was a dreary winter day.
synonyms:
bleak, dismal, gloomy
antonyms:
cheerful, scenic
similar words:
barren, grim, hopeless, sterile
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derivations: drearily (adv.), dreariness (n.)
Word History
Dreary 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."
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