They wanted to get young Syrians excited about ancient sites, which most had only visited during dreary school trips.
During the pandemic, photos of dreary isolation rooms where some students are required to take exams have been widely shared each year.
—New York Times
How dreary to be somebody / How public, like a frog / To tell your name the livelong day / To an admiring bog.
lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
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 fluorescent 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.
Mostly because of Pop, my father’s life has been pretty dreary.
—Boy21 by Matthew Quick
During the dreary days in which she had heard nothing from her husband, the name Chickamauga had held desolation and despair for Nancy.
—Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
How dreary it must be for her, working here day after day.
—The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
dreary (adj.)Old English dreorig "sad, sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody, blood-stained," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (past participle droren) "fall, decline, fail," used of rain, snow, dew, fruit, and the slain, from Proto-Germanic dreuzas (source also of Old Norse dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, Old Saxon drorag, Middle High German troric "bloody;" German traurig "sad, sorrowful"), from PIE root dhreu- "to fall, flow, drip, droop" (see drip (v.)).
The word has lost its original sense and the notion of "dripping blood." Sense of "lonesomely dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but Old English had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy." Weakened sense of "causing a feeling of tedium, tiresomely monotonous" is by 1871. Related: Drearily.Related entries & more
dreary (adj.)古英语 dreorig “悲伤的，悲伤的”，最初是“残忍的，血腥的，血迹斑斑的”，源自 dreor “gore，blood”，源自 (ge)dreosan（过去分词 droren）“跌倒，衰落，失败， " 用于雨、雪、露水、水果和被杀的人，来自原始日耳曼语 dreuzas（也来自古诺尔斯语 dreyrigr “血腥、血腥”，更遥远的是，古撒克逊人 drorag，中古高地德语 troric “血腥”；德语 traurig “悲伤的，悲伤的”），源自 PIE 词根 dhreu- “下降、流动、滴落、下垂”（参见滴灌 (v.)）。这个词已经失去了它原来的意义和“滴血”的概念。 1667 年，“失落的天堂”首次记录了“寂寞凄凉，阴沉”的意思，但古英语有一个相关的动词 Drysmian “变得阴沉”。到 1871 年，“导致乏味、令人厌烦的单调”的感觉减弱。相关：Dreally.Related entries & more
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