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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʊə/, /ˈdaʊə/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdʊɹ/, /ˈdaʊɚ/, /ˈdaʊ.ɚ/
- Rhymes: -aʊə(ɹ), -ʊə(ɹ)
- Homophones: Daur, doer, door, dower (depending on speaker)
- Stern, harsh and forbidding.
- 1961 October, “Editorial: The importance of the "Roadrailer"”, in Trains Illustrated, page 577:
- The principal reason is that, in competition with modern road vehicles running over motorways, B.R. has a dour struggle to match the performance of its rivals cost-wise.
- 2017, Rutger Bregman, chapter 6, in Elizabeth Manton, transl., Utopia for Realists, Kindle edition, Bloomsbury Publishing, page 149:
- I was reminded of the dour priests and salesmen of the nineteenth century who believed that the plebs wouldn’t be able to handle getting the vote, or a decent wage, or, least of all, leisure, and who backed the seventy-hour workweek as an efficacious instrument in the fight against liquor.
- Unyielding and obstinate.
- Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullen, gloomy
- (stern, harsh): forbidding, harsh, severe, stern
- (unyielding): obstinate, stubborn, unyielding
- (expressing gloom): dejected, gloomy, melancholic, sullen
stern, harsh and forbidding
unyielding and obstinate
expressing gloom or melancholy
Mutation of dour