drear

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Etymology 1Edit

Shortening of dreary.

AdjectiveEdit

drear ‎(comparative drearer, superlative drearest)

  1. (poetic) Dreary.

Etymology 2Edit

Back-formation from dreary.

NounEdit

drear ‎(plural drears)

  1. (obsolete) Gloom; sadness.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.2:
      She thankt him deare / Both for that newes he did to her impart, / And for the courteous care which he did beare / Both to her love and to her selfe in that sad dreare.

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