from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a drone; lazy; indolent; inactive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like a drone; indolent; slow.

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  • adjective like a drone, slow, sluggish


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  • Instead, the vocals oscillate between mesmerizing (at best) and dronish (at worst).

    Buzzine » Six Organs of Admittance 2009

  • By my late teens/early twenties, it just seemed like so many of the people I encountered in my day-to-day life were dronish and defeated by their very existence.

    ‘Rama Rampage: Be My Hangover Cure. 2007

  • This is where people need to separate the dronish "Scientology helped them" cliches from the fact of marketing Scientology programs that have failed.

    The Sounds of Scientology 2005

  • Travel over the world, make your path a belt around the earth, visit all that is wonderful, and see all races of people, -- do this without ever thinking deeply on the objects presented to sight or mind, and all things will become commonplace, unsatisfactory, dull, dronish.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out Annie H Ryder

  • We call things stupid, dronish, monotonous, because our faculties are not sufficiently exercised to see any other qualities in them.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out Annie H Ryder

  • It cannot be said that Fannny's health was injured by the over action of her mind; for, having none, it could not be easily acted upon; but, by perpetual dronish application, and sacrifice of all external things for the furtherance of this scheme of mental cultivation, her physical energies were suppressed, and she became heavy, awkward, and inactive.

    The Ladies' Vase Polite Manual for Young Ladies An American Lady

  • Superficial, new, petulant acquisition, and interrupted, dronish, broken, ill recollection, is to be the destined character of all your future governors.

    Paras. 300-324 1909

  • Man preys on man, and you mourn for the idle tapestry that decorated a Gothic pile, and the dronish bell that summoned the fat priest to prayer.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell 1895

  • Were these Monthly Reviews and Magazines frothy, pert, or absurd, they might find some pardon, but to be dull and dronish is an encroachment on the prerogative of a folio. '

    Life Of Johnson Boswell, James, 1740-1795 1887

  • Drones are but the robbers of the hive; ladies educated to no purpose are but surfeited to a dronish condition on the sweets of literature.

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I Matilda Joslyn Gage 1863


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