dismally

All Adverb
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  • He worked away dismally at his letters till he had finished them. Cited from Psmith in the City, by P. G. Wodehouse
  • It was dismally brown; a few trees only served to mark the distance. Cited from Expeditions to Sth. Australia I, Charles Sturt
  • He still kept his little fourth floor back in the dismally respectable street. Cited from Lo, Michael!, by Grace Livingston Hill
  • He shook his head dismally, having no heart for what she proposed. Cited from Gentle Julia, by Booth Tarkington
  • She stood before him and now dismally looked at him. Cited from The Awkward Age, by Henry James
  • She felt as if the world were slowly, dismally coming to an end, but she stood her ground. Cited from Saturday's Child, by Kathleen Norris
  • Last night's scene of violence when the injured child was brought home went dismally before his eyes. Cited from The Power and the Glory, by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • He found a seat on a bench near the door and dismally looked on. Cited from Behind the Line, by Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The result was that most of the time one leg or the other hung dismally down its full length. Cited from The Boy Scouts in Front of Warsaw, G. Durston
  • However, up until this point in the campaign, the Government artillery had performed dismally.
  • Aleck looked at those parts of his person dismally, and they looked bad. Cited from The Lost Middy, by George Manville Fenn
  • Dismally true have I a thousand times felt it, in these late operations; never in any so much. Cited from The Correspondence of Carlyle and Emerson, Vol II, Carlyle and Emerson
  • The morning went thus dismally till twelve o'clock, and he put on his hat and great-coat. Cited from The Hill of Dreams, by Arthur Machen
  • Freddy, after waiting about dismally for half an hour, had gone home alone. Cited from A Dog with a Bad Name, by Talbot Baines Reed
  • Whatever he put on, became him less (it dismally seemed to me) than what he had worn before. Cited from Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  • The day passed very dismally for the wild Irish girl. Cited from Light O' The Morning, by L. T. Meade
  • The night was close, heavy, and warm, and the brown current of the river showed but dismally through it. Cited from The Free Rangers, by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • His thoughts went dismally off in the new direction. Cited from Helena, by Mrs. Humprey Ward
  • Very dismally we prepared for the long drive home. Cited from A Fool and His Money, by G.B. McCutcheon
  • We do nothing but eat and drink and sleep -- just exist dismally. Cited from From Capetown to Ladysmith, by G. W. Steevens
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Meaning of dismally

  • adverb In a cheerless manner
    in August 1914 , there was a dismally sentimental little dinner, when the French, German, Austrian and Belgian members of the committee drank together to the peace of the future
  • adverb In a dreadful manner
    as he looks at the mess he has left behind he must wonder how the Brits so often managed to succeed in the kind of situation where he has so dismally failed