[ UK /dɹˈi‍əɹi/ ]
[ US /ˈdɹɪɹi/ ]
  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
  2. lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    her drab personality
    a series of dreary dinner parties
    life was drab compared with the more exciting life style overseas
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How To Use dreary In A Sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • The steady beep of the heart monitor was the only sound to be heard coming from the dreary hospital room.
  • A proof may be messy, dreary, tedious, or look like a joke, but there must be an unequivocal criterion for its validity, even if accessible to but a few specialists.
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