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No definitive etymology, possibly: 1795–1805; obsolete dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum ( s ) (plural) noun suffix (see tantrum); or from Goidelic doltrum ‎(grief, vexation).



doldrums pl ‎(plural only)

  1. A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks – so called by sailors
  2. the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness; ennui, or tedium
    I was in the doldrums yesterday and just didn't feel inspired.

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(region near the equator):