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dour definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn: dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding]
2: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie [syn: dour, forbidding, grim]
3: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin durus hard more at during Date: 14th century 1. stern, harsh 2. obstinate, unyielding 3. gloomy, sullen dourly adverb dourness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. severe, stern, or sullenly obstinate in manner or appearance. Derivatives: dourly adv. dourness n. Etymology: ME (orig. Sc.), prob. f. Gael. dúr dull, obstinate, perh. f. L durus hard

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dour Dour, a. [Cf. F. dur, L. durus.] Hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect; hardy; bold. [Scot.] A dour wife, a sour old carlin. --C. Reade.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe someone as dour, you mean that they are very serious and unfriendly. ...a dour, taciturn man... ADJ dourly The old man stared dourly at them. ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj [disapproval]

Moby Thesaurus

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