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DREARY-, DREARI-. In adj. derivs. drearifu, drearysome, sad, dreary (Bnff.2 1940; Abd., Ags., Per. 1949 (per Abd.27), Edb.1 1940). Also in Yks. and Nhp. dial. Mry. 1806  R. Jamieson Pop. Ballads I. 297:
Three nichts i' this drearifu manner Frae Habbie she keepit abeich.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Rock and wee pickle Tow vi.:
Yet in spite o' my counsel if they will needs run The drearysome risk of the spinning o't.

Hence drearysomeness, desolateness, dreariness (Bnff.2, Abd.27 1940). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 223:
The drearysomeness o' the place is jist something beyon' the beyont.

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