[ UK /dɹˈi‍ə/ ]
  1. causing dejection
    a blue day
    grim rainy weather
    the dark days of the war
    the first dismal dispiriting days of November
    a week of rainy depressing weather
    a dark gloomy day
    a disconsolate winter landscape
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How To Use drear In A Sentence

  • I do not of course mean, Heaven forbid! that people should try to converse seriously; that results in the worst kind of dreariness, in feeling, as Stevenson said, that one has the brain of a sheep and the eyes of a boiled codfish. From a College Window
  • What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
  • All over Europe, the fringes of suburbia are blighted by the dreary apparatus of industry - undecorated sheds and dour offices in glum lots girdled by sterile acres of parking.
  • Doubtless the series will spark a rush of transsexuality-centred reality shows that, given the ready and infinite corruptibility of the form, will lose within a year all vestige of the charm of the original and become as mainstream, dreary and degrading to everyone concerned as its other reality brethren. TV review: My Transsexual Summer; Sorority Girls; and Imagine … Simon and Garfunkel: the Harmony Game
  • In "Sunset Park," Auster is more interested in the neighborhood's vast semi-industrial stretches peppered with nondescript houses, all the better to endow the proceedings with an enforced sense of dreariness. Paul Auster Paints a Dreary Picture In 'Sunset Park'
  • Instead, some of the holes in your die will be blocked and the meat will pulpily grind out only through a few, with a somewhat dreary and uniform color. Damn Hell Ass Kings
  • After a few months in dreary England, Alfred Tayler went to the Empire Exhibition and was seduced by the thought of farming in Southern Rhodesia. On Doris Lessing « Tales from the Reading Room
  • For many of them, Miami shopping adds significance to their otherwise dreary lives.
  • Justly indignant at our folly, for quarrelling is not allowed in his domains, the King laid us under sentence of banishment, decreeing that we should spend the fifteenth night of each month in this dreary forest until a tailor came who could mend the garments we had torn. Folk Tales From Many Lands
  • It was an evening in March -- cold, blustrous, dreary. Charlotte's Inheritance
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