Doldrums aren’t drums that you can play like the tom-toms. Rather people use this noun to describe a period of time that is boring, depressing, or characterized by inactivity.

The noun doldrums is derived from the word dull. If you’ve been vegging out in front of the TV for hours, bored out of your mind, you might say you’re "in the doldrums." This word is often used in phrases describing a slump in the economy or as in “the summer doldrums” to describe the hot, lazy days of summer.

Definitions of doldrums

n a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific

Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

n a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)

stagnancy, stagnation
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive

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