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1. dreary

adjective. ['ˈdrɪri'] lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise.

Synonyms

  • dull

Antonyms

  • colorful
  • achromatic

Etymology

  • drery (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • dreorig (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Dreary

  • carpentieri
  • balestrieri
  • irimajiri
  • argentieri
  • squitieri
  • spizzirri
  • laverdiere
  • hara-kiri
  • facemire
  • cavalieri
  • cavaliere
  • caligiuri
  • taglieri
  • staffieri
  • olivieri
  • mcqueary
  • mcneary
  • mcleary
  • mccreery
  • mccreary
  • mccleery
  • mccleary
  • martire
  • mangieri
  • intrieri
  • guarnieri
  • gualtieri
  • granieri
  • barbieri
  • ruggieri

How do you pronounce dreary?

Pronounce dreary as ˈdrɪri.

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Sentences with dreary


1. Adjective
The bright red tomatoes and green parsley and other herbs that fill this bowl will brighten any dreary day.

Quotes about dreary


1. I'm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell! They ’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!
- Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

2. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore — While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
- Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Poems

3. It is easy to understand that in the dreary middle ages the Aristotelian logic would be very acceptable to the controversial spirit of the schoolmen, which, in the absence of all real knowledge, spent its energy upon mere formulas and words, and that it would be eagerly adopted even in its mutilated Arabian form, and presently established as the centre of all knowledge.
- Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1

2. dreary

adjective. ['ˈdrɪri'] causing dejection.

Synonyms

  • gloomy
  • dismal
  • drab
  • disconsolate
  • uncheerful
  • cheerless
  • sorry
  • depressing
  • grim
  • drear
  • blue
  • dark

Antonyms

  • clean
  • pure
  • elated
  • light

Etymology

  • drery (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • dreorig (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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