dreary O.E. dreorig "sad, sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody, blood-stained," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (pp. droren) "fall, decline, fail," from W.Gmc. *dreuzas (Cf. O.N. dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, Ger. traurig "sad, sorrowful"), from PIE root *dhreu- "to fall, flow, drip, droop" (see DRIP (Cf. drip)). The word has lost its original sense of "dripping blood." Sense of "dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but O.E. had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy."

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