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Meaning of DOUR

Pronunciation:  dûr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  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
  3. [adj]  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"

DOUR is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bulldog, dark, dogged, forbidding, glowering, glum, grim, ill-natured, moody, morose, pertinacious, saturnine, sour, stubborn, sullen, tenacious, unpleasant, unyielding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dour\, a. [Cf. F. dur, L. durus.]
Hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect; hardy; bold.

      A dour wife, a sour old carlin.          --C. Reade.

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