dreary Definition

  • 1dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing
  • 2tediously uninteresting or monotonous

Using dreary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dreary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The weather was dreary and rainy all day.

  • Example

    The old house had a dreary atmosphere.

  • Example

    She found her job to be dreary and unfulfilling.

dreary Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dreary

Phrases with dreary

  • dreary-eyed

    having tired or exhausted eyes


    He looked dreary-eyed after staying up all night studying.

  • a monotonous and unvarying daily schedule


    She was tired of her dreary routine and decided to take a vacation.

  • a desolate and uninviting natural environment


    The artist painted a dreary landscape of the abandoned town.

Origins of dreary

from Old English 'dreorig', meaning 'gory, bloody'


Summary: dreary in Brief

'Dreary' [ˈdrɪəri] describes something that is dull, bleak, and lifeless, often causing feelings of depression. It can also refer to something that is tediously uninteresting or monotonous. Examples include 'The weather was dreary and rainy all day' and 'She found her job to be dreary and unfulfilling.' Phrases like 'dreary-eyed' and 'dreary routine' further emphasize the tiring and uninviting nature of dreariness.

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