Drearier
Dreary Drear"y (dr[=e]r"[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. [1913 Webster]

2. Exciting cheerless sensations, feelings, or associations; comfortless; dismal; gloomy. `` Dreary shades.'' --Dryden. ``The dreary ground.'' --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Full many a dreary anxious hour. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

Johnson entered on his vocation in the most dreary part of that dreary interval which separated two ages of prosperity. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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