When something is dreary it's depressing or lifeless in a rainy-day way. I finished my work, there was nothing on TV, and the rain just wouldn't stop: what a dreary day!

Dreary can refer to a feeling, a place, a time, or even a thing. It sounds a little like a combination of "drizzle" and "teary," and that's not a bad way to remember what it means. My grandmother's house was a dreary affair: run down, poorly lit, and silent but for the buzz of the florescent light in the cramped kitchen. Some might call the recession a depression: I call it dreary, either way. If the economy remains dreary like this much longer, I just might move to China.

Definitions of dreary
  1. adjective
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    “a series of dreary dinner parties”
    synonyms: drab
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  2. adjective
    causing dejection
    synonyms: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, gloomy, grim, sorry
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
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