Middle English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Old English drēoriġ, from Proto-Germanic *dreuzagaz.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdreːriː/
  • (dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈdriu̯riː/

Adjective edit


  1. Experiencing sadness; glum, unhappy.
  2. Showing sadness; mournful, upset, crying, dreary.
  3. Saddening, terrible, disappointing, painful.
  4. Scared, terrified; in a state of panic or fear.
  5. Ruthless, malicious, without mercy or kindness.
  6. (rare) Terrifying, scary, horrifying; causing panic and fear.
  7. (rare) Gruesome, gory.

Related terms edit

Descendants edit

  • English: dreary
  • Scots: drear

References edit