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



doldrums pl (plural only)

  1. (nautical) A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks.
  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):

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