Definition of dourly in English:



See dour

‘Newton himself expressed his thoughts so dourly that students often avoided his lectures at Cambridge, and he spent his time, as one reporter put it, ‘lecturing to the walls’.’
  • ‘Clonmel's Minella stayed on dourly through the rain-softened ground to take the Shearwater Handicap ‘Chase.’
  • ‘His tinkling take on Karma Police, for instance, calls to mind Mozart's piano concertos, while Everything in Its Right Place, with its bottom-end minor notes, is dourly reminiscent of Shostakovich - and all free of Yorke's watery squall.’
  • ‘Cops stand stone-faced off to the side, dourly smoking their cigarettes.’
  • ‘At the furthest extreme, Schopenhauer dourly proposed that happiness was not to be expected at all.’



/ˈdo͝orlē/ /ˈdʊrli/ /ˈdou(ə)rlē/ /ˈdaʊ(ə)rli/