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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dreary  \Drear"y\,  a.  [Compar.  {Drearier};  superl.  {Dreariest}.] 
  [OE.  dreori  dreri  AS  dre['o]rig,  sad;  akin  to  G.  traurig 
  and  prob.  to  AS  dre['o]san  to  fall,  Goth.  driusan  Cf 
  {Dross},  {Drear},  {Drizzle},  {Drowse}.] 
  1.  Sorrowful;  distressful.  [Obs.]  ``  Dreary  shrieks.'' 
  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  Exciting  cheerless  sensations,  feelings,  or  associations; 
  comfortless;  dismal;  gloomy.  ``  Dreary  shades.''  --Dryden. 
  ``The  dreary  ground.''  --Prior. 
 
  Full  many  a  dreary  anxious  hour.  --Keble. 
 
  Johnson  entered  on  his  vocation  in  the  most  dreary 
  part  of  that  dreary  interval  which  separated  two 
  ages  of  prosperity.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dreary 
  adj  1:  depressing  in  character  or  appearance;  "drove  through  dingy 
  streets";  "the  dismal  prison  twilight"-  Charles 
  Dickens;  "drab  old  buildings";  "a  dreary  mining  town"; 
  "gloomy  tenements";  "sorry  routine  that  follows  on  the 
  heels  of  death"-  B.A.Williams  [syn:  {dingy},  {dismal}, 
  {drab},  {drear},  {gloomy},  {sorry}] 
  2:  lacking  in  liveliness  or  charm  or  surprise;  "her  drab 
  personality";  "life  was  drab  compared  with  the  more 
  exciting  life  style  overseas";  "a  series  of  dreary  dinner 
  parties"  [syn:  {drab}] 




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