dour

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots dour, from Latin dūrus (hard, stern), possibly via Middle Irish dúr.

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dour (comparative dourer or more dour, superlative dourest or most dour)

  1. Stern, harsh and forbidding.
  2. Unyielding and obstinate.
  3. Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.

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Breton[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *dubro-, from Proto-Indo-European *dheub- (deep). Compare Middle Welsh dwfyr, Irish dobhar

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Noun[edit]

dour m

  1. water
  2. (by extension) rain, tears, sweat, saliva

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish dúr, from Latin dūrus (hard).

Adjective[edit]

dour

  1. stern, severe, relentless, dour

References[edit]

  • Dictionary of the Scots Language, Scottish Language Dictionaries, Edinburgh [1]