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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The quality or state of being ill-natured, unpleasant, or forbidding.

Usage examples (36)
  • And pretty much in sync with why I think Gordon Brown's intensity and dourness is less of a negative and more of a positive in real terms.
  • Business is lively here, the chronic "dourness" of a market being discounted by the scarcity of horseflesh.
  • "There is a sort of lefty dourness about him" - ha!
  • There is a sort of lefty dourness about him that I find rather off putting. for more
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