Definitions for dismalˈdɪz məl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•malˈdɪz məl(adj.)

  1. causing gloom or dejection; dreary; cheerless.

  2. characterized by ineptness or lack of skill or interest.

  3. Obs. calamitous.

  4. (n.)Southern U.S. a tract of swampy land.

Origin of dismal:

1275–1325; ME dismale unlucky time, dismol day one of two days in each month considered unlucky (hence later taken as adj.) < AF dis mal < ML diēs malī lit., evil days


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dismal(adjective)ˈdɪz məl

    making you feel miserable

    a dismal rainy day

  2. dismalˈdɪz məl

    extremely bad

    a dismal attempt; The meeting ended dismally.


  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

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