Definitions for dismalˈdɪz məl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word dismal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"


  1. dismal(Adjective)

    Disappointingly inadequate.

    He received a dismal compensation

  2. dismal(Adjective)

    Gloomy and bleak.

    The storm made for a dismal weekend

  3. dismal(Adjective)


    She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair

  4. Origin: From dies and malus ("bad day").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dismal(adj)

    fatal; ill-omened; unlucky

  2. Dismal(adj)

    gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal outlook; dismal stories; a dismal place

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dismal

    diz′mal, adj. gloomy: dreary: sorrowful: depressing.—adv. Dis′mally.—ns. Dis′malness, Dismal′ity.— Dis′mals, mournings.—The dismals, the dumps. [O. Fr. dismal = L. dies mali, evil, unlucky days. Skeat makes O. Fr. dismal correspond to Low L. decimalis, of a tenth, pertaining to tithes—L. decimus, tenth—decem, ten.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ambac Financial Group Inc.:

    Countrywide's fraud is borne out by the transactions' dismal performance.

  2. Mike Strobel:

    It's looking pretty dismal over much of the West, but there are some areas where we're OK.

  3. Craig Johnson:

    The past weekend will not save this holiday season, but combined with online sales, it would certainly save the year from being a dismal one.

  4. Henry Van Dyke:

    Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.

  5. Sadie Weiner:

    Panicked over his dismal reelection prospects, it appears that no bloc of Illinois voters is safe from the over-the-top and offensive rhetoric that seems to spew weekly from Mark Kirk's mouth.

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