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Webster 1913 Edition


Drear

Drear

(drēr)
,
Adj.
[See
Dreary
.]
Dismal; gloomy with solitude.
“A drear and dying sound.”
Milton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Drear

DREAR

,
Noun.
Dread; dismalness.

DREAR

,
Noun.
Dread; dismalness.

DREAR

,
Noun.
Dread; dismalness.

DREAR

,
Adj.
Dismal; gloomy with solitude.
A drear and dying sound.

Definition 2022


drear

drear

English

Adjective

drear (comparative drearer, superlative drearest)

  1. (poetic) Dreary.

Etymology 2

Back-formation from dreary.

Noun

drear (plural drears)

  1. (obsolete) Gloom; sadness.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.2:
      She thankt him deare / Both for that newes he did to her impart, / And for the courteous care which he did beare / Both to her love and to her selfe in that sad dreare.

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