1. [ adjective ] harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
Synonyms: grim forbidding

"a dour, self-sacrificing life" "a forbidding scowl" "a grim man loving duty more than humanity" "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

Related terms: unpleasant
2. [ adjective ] stubbornly unyielding
Synonyms: dogged tenacious pertinacious unyielding bulldog

"dogged persistence" "dour determination" "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics" "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot "men tenacious of opinion"

Related terms: stubborn
3. [ adjective ] showing a brooding ill humor
Synonyms: sullen morose glowering moody saturnine sour glum dark

"a dark scowl" "the proverbially dour New England Puritan" "a glum, hopeless shrug" "in moody silence" "a morose and unsociable manner" "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven "a sour temper"

Related terms: ill-natured
Similar spelling:   doura