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dour - Dictionary definition and meaning for word dour

(adj) stubbornly unyielding
Example Sentence
  • 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
  • men tenacious of opinion

(adj) harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
Synonyms : forbidding , grim
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) showing a brooding ill humor
Synonyms : dark , glowering , glum , moody , morose , saturnine , sour , sullen
Example Sentence
  • 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
  • a sour temper
  • a sullen crowd

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for dour

"Dour" looks like "sour." A person with a sour expression is clearly feeling very dour, that is, sullen and gloomy
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by viciousvegetable

He is so 'rude' he shows me the door (rhymes with dour) everytime I come to talk.
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by carbonmonoxide

Dour can be pronounced as DOOR(i.e hard)->stubborn->determined
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by crackpwd

DO UR when ur parents scold u DO UR HOMEWORK,,, u feel dour,,, gloomy and sullen
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by saurabhkumar87

DOUR sounds like TOUR Children stubbornly(unyieldingly) asks for going on Tour
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by dexters

DOUR rhymes with BORE.(gloomy,sullen)
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by animator

People generally stay Dooor (Distant in Hindi) from gloomy people.
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by anujpathania

dour - a sour dog is nothing but a dour
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by shalnew

do it for sure
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by swap.kamble

dour~door :a person keeps lookin at d door wen he is bored in d lec..
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by jaiganesh

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