from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
- adj. Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit: a dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
- adj. Obsolete Dreadful; disastrous.
- n. Chiefly South Atlantic U.S. See pocosin. See Regional Note at pocosin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Disappointingly inadequate.
- adj. Gloomy and bleak.
- adj. Depressing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.
- adj. Gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy; doleful; dolorous: originally, as an adjective, in the phrase dismal day or dismal days (see etymology), whence it was extended to any visible physical surroundings, or anything perceived or apprehended, tending to depress or chill the spirits.
- n. See extract and etymology.
- n. Gloom; melancholy; dumps: usually in the plural, in the phrase in the dismals.
- n. plural Mourning-garments.
- n. A name given in the southern Atlantic States, in the region bordering on the sea and sounds, and especially in North Carolina, to a tract of land, swampy in character, often covered by a considerable thickness of half-decayed wood and saturated with water.
- n. The devil.
- To feel dismal or melancholy.
- n. plural The blues; the dumps; a state of gloominess or despondency: as, to be in the dismals.
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- adj. causing dejection
Middle English, unlucky days, unlucky, from Anglo-Norman, unlucky days, from Medieval Latin diēs malī : Latin diēs, pl. of diēs, day.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin diēs ("day") and malus ("bad") ("bad day"). (Wiktionary)