Learner's definition of DREARY
[or more dreary; most dreary]
: causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
It was a gray, dreary morning.
She longed to leave her dreary [=gloomy, dismal] hometown.
The family struggled through dreary economic times.
— drearily/ˈdrirəli/adverb,[more drearily; most drearily]