Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: Medieval Latin dies mali 'evil days'

dismal

adjective
     
dis‧mal
1 if a situation or a place is dismal, it is so bad that it makes you feel very unhappy and hopeless:
The future looks pretty dismal right now.
a dismal, grey afternoon
2 bad and unsuccessful:
The team's record so far is pretty dismal.
Her scheme was a dismal failure.
dismally adverb

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary