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 (do͝or, dour)
adj. dour·er, dour·est
1. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding: a dour, self-sacrificing life.
2. Silently ill-humored; gloomy: the proverbially dour New England Puritan.
3. Sternly obstinate; unyielding: a dour determination.

[Middle English, possibly from Middle Irish dúr, probably from Latin dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

dour′ly adv.
dour′ness n.
Usage Note: The word dour, which is etymologically related to duress and endure, traditionally rhymes with tour. The pronunciation that rhymes with sour is a standard variant that has been in use for more than a century. In our 1996 survey, 65 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the traditional pronunciation, and 33 percent preferred the variant. In our 2011 survey, opinion was almost evenly split, with 52 percent preferring the traditional pronunciation and 48 percent preferring the variant. These results suggest that the variant could overtake the traditional pronunciation in preference.
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Adv.1.dourly - in a sullen manner; "he sat in his chair dourly"


advverdrießlich; (= stubbornly)hartnäckig
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They tell me - the Sassenach tell me - that in time I shall be able without a blush to make Albert say 'darling,' and even gather her up in his arms, but I begin to doubt it; the moment sees me as shy as ever; I still find it advisable to lock the door, and then - no witness save the dog - I 'do' it dourly with my teeth clenched, while the dog retreats into the far corner and moans.
vvPanis Angelicus came under pressure before the home turn in the 2m51/2f handicap hurdle at Wincanton and traded at 34 , but he stuck on dourly to deny warm favourite Barton Antix (1.
Mattmu (12-1) plugged on dourly close home for third while Sole Power (8-1) ran another creditable race in the Nunthorpe to claim fourth.
The seven-year-old, trained for Gigginstown House Stud by Mouse Morris, defied an 11lb hike for a recent win in Kilbeggan, staying on dourly to beat Federici after a great tussle.
I mention the latter because that is what first alerted me to this new puritanism several years ago when Sir Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick in the Blackadder comedy series, asked dourly what was funny about such jokes on a BBC Radio 4 programme.
The eight-year-old, trained by Jim Dreaper, whose late father Tom was responsible for legendary chaser Arkle, kept on dourly in the straight to beat his compatriot Raz De Maree.
Shotgun Paddy (7-2) and Derek O'Connor looked very dangerous after the last but Midnight Prayer held on dourly in the dying strides to prevail by a rapidly diminishing neck.
Kazlian stayed on dourly to take third with Barizan (20-1) back in fourth.
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Al Ain conceded a goal through a penalty on the hour and then defended dourly to keep the loss to 1-0 and then lift the glittering Trophy which came with an additional prize money of $500,000 (Dh1.
However, as the Sandown hill started to take its toll Poker de Sivola stayed on dourly to grab the advantage and land the spoils for his trainer, who sent out Hot Weld to score in 2007.
He stayed on dourly on the run-in, proving his stamina in the process, and Massini's Maguire looks one who will be suited by this sharper track.