Definition of Drear

1. Adjective. Causing dejection. "Grim rainy weather"

Exact synonyms: Blue, Dark, Dingy, Disconsolate, Dismal, Drab, Dreary, Gloomy, Grim, Sorry
Similar to: Cheerless, Depressing, Uncheerful
Derivative terms: Dreariness



Definition of Drear

1. a. Dismal; gloomy with solitude.

2. n. Sadness; dismalness.

Definition of Drear

1. Adjective. (poetic) Dreary. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Drear

1. the state of being dreary [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drear

dreamt
dreamtime
dreamtimes
dreamward
dreamware
dreamwork
dreamworld
dreamworlds
dreamwrapt
dreamy state
dreap
dreaped
dreaping
dreaps
drear (current term)
dreare
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dreares
drearest
drearier
drearies
dreariest
drearily
dreariment
dreariness
drearinesses
drearing
drearings
drearisome

Literary usage of Drear

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1. Cyclopedia of American Literature: Embracing Personal and Critical Notices by Evert Augustus Duyckinck, George Long Duyckinck (1856)
"That when waking the dew-drops of mcm'rv may fall, And blot out for ever, the wide world is drear. There is hope for the lost, for the lone one's relief. ..."

2. Century Readings for a Course in English Literature by John William Cunliffe, Karl Young (1915)
"... them From budding at the prime- In a drear-nighted December, Too happy, happy brook, l° Thy bubblings ne'er remember Apollo's summer look ; But with a ..."

3. Little Masterpieces of English Poetry edited by Henry Van Dyke, Hardin Craig (1905)
""IN A drear-NIGHTED DECEMBER " IN a drear-nighted December, Too happy, happy tree, Thy branches ne'er remember Their green felicity: The north cannot undo ..."

4. Notes to Palgrave's Golden Treasury of Songs & Lyrics. Books I-IV. by John Henry Fowler (1904)
"In a drear-nighted December 1. drear-nighted. This epithet combines two ... In coining ' drear-nighted ' Keats may be said to be only following the analogy ..."

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