Friday, March 18, 2011

dour

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dour [ doo’ r, douuh' r, DOU-er ]
adjective ]
MEANING :
1. gloomy; sullen; bleak
2. stubborn; obstinate
3. extremely strict and harsh; forbidding
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The perpetually dour expression on his face made him unpopular.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
Gone are the days when the traditional Chinese greeting "Have you eaten yet?" seemed like a bad joke in the dour capital where, as recently as the 1980s, staples were rationed, state-run canteens dished out the slop of the day in chipped enamel bowls and restaurants were few and far between.