What does doldrums mean?

Definitions for doldrumsˈdoʊl drəmz, ˈdɒl-, ˈdɔl-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word doldrums.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stagnation, stagnancy, doldrums(noun)

    a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)

    "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"

  2. doldrums(noun)

    a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific


  1. doldrums(Noun)

    A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks u2013 so called by sailors

  2. doldrums(Noun)

    the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium

    I was in the doldrums yesterday and just didn't feel inspired.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doldrums

    a part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; -- so called by sailors

  2. Origin: [Cf. Gael. doltrum grief, vexation?]


  1. Doldrums

    Doldrums were an American post-rock band formed in Fairfax, Virginia, United States. Formed in 1994, the group consisted of guitarist Justin Chearno, bassist Bill Kellum and drummer Matt Kellum. Most of the band's music is completely improvised, with little or no overdubs. Bill Kellum has cited psychedelic music and krautrock as being particularly influential to him. The band never toured and has not released an album since 2000's Feng Shui.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doldrums

    dol′drumz, n.pl. (naut.) those parts of the ocean about the equator where calms and baffling winds prevail: low spirits. [Prob. conn. with dold, stupid, or dol = dull.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Doldrums

    a zone of the tropics where calms, squalls, and baffling winds prevail.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of doldrums in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of doldrums in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phyllis Mcginley:

    A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.

  2. Erik Stavseth:

    Our view is that LNG freight rates will remain in the doldrums this year.

  3. John Ing:

    It's the summer doldrums, so there are few bulls around, technically we're oversold, we're due for at least the odd dead-cat bounce ... but I suspect this has got to wring itself out.

  4. Sid Mokhtari:

    The pressure from commodity-related assets is probably going to stay with us for a little longer, there's no real catalyst for them to get a lift and that's why we expect this doldrums or this stagnation to persist.

  5. John Kinsey:

    The banks reported last week and they were pretty much as advertised. Scotia is up today, but the others are all stuck in the mud, it's not a very robust start to the new month. We do have the summer doldrums, as they say, coming up.

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Translations for doldrums

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • kalmebælteDanish
  • Flautenstimmung, Innertropische Konvergenzzone, Lustlosigkeit, Flaute, Kalmengürtel, Trübsal, Trübsinn, trübselige StimmungGerman
  • pot au noirFrench
  • उदासीHindi
  • kyrrabeltiIcelandic
  • doldrumsDutch
  • உற்சாகம் இழக்கTamil
  • اداسیUrdu

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