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  • She gave me a dour look.
  • the proverbially dour New England Puritan
  • humorless and dour
  • a dour, self-sacrificing life

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  • dour determination
  • Lady Luck has been good to me and I fancy she has been good to everyone. Only some people are dour, and when she gives them the come hither with her eyes, they look down or turn away and lift an eyebrow. But me, I give her the wink and away we go.
    William Allen White
  • He held my friend’s card in his hand, and he looked up with no very pleased expression upon his dour features.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • She gave him a hug, and his normally dour face lit up.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • She was younger than Shawna but seemed older—a plump body with dour, wide-spaced mounds for breasts.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He studied the hooting crowd dourly before taking a deep bow.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Shelley was the store manager, and her slumped shoulders and dour expression were as much a part of her uniform as the blue polo shirts we all had to wear.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The next one was led by the dour German nun who ran the chapel and was so vague it’s hard to recall but dealt with "personal growth."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In their jeans and winter coats, with assorted weapons at their sides, they were the dourest bunch of marshmallow roasters I had ever seen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Constance resembled a wet hen — same shape, same dour crankiness, and only slightly larger — but Kate smiled when he came in, and the sight of her sunny face gave Reynie a pinprick of hope.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Four new passengers were embarking for the trip up the river, a shabby, dour-looking man and wife and their scrawny little girl clutching a wooden toy, and a tall, angular young man with a pale narrow face and shoulder-length fair hair under a wide-brimmed black hat.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Behind the bulletproof window sat a dour, pudgy, middle-aged man with a dark widow’s-peak crew cut and a jaw full of tobacco.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The old store’s wood shelves were painted a dour green, but stuffed with a rainbow assortment of canned food and bags of chips, pasta, and even marshmallows.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • But Sholom Weiss, a pallid dour thirtyish man with aggressive horn-rims and a green eyeshade, was such a startling double of every heavy, unbending, mirthless German bureaucrat and demi-monster she had known in years past that she had the weird sense that she had been thrust back into the Warsaw of the occupation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Maybe that warmth is genuine, maybe I should be ashamed of my dour, cynical thoughts.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Our guide, despite his dour appearance, was knowledgeable and talkative, pointing out the islands, castles, and ruins that rimmed the long, narrow loch.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He managed to continue work till nine o’clock, and then marched dumb and dour to his chamber.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • There was a murmur of laughter, quickly smothered by dour looks from the other students.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • His face was dour, and he glanced at the chaplain without recognition as the two drew close on the staircase and prepared to pass.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Olivetti pursed his lips, looking dour.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Go ahead," the operator said dourly.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • With a dour expression on her face, she pushed past Basta and put a mug and a thermos jug on the floor.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Was it the years of living alone with the dour Maggie that had changed her into a more brightly colored version of her mother?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Together, Kenyon and Nancy had made a paint-splattered attempt to deprive the basement room of its un-removable dourness, and neither was aware of failure.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Being poor white, they were not even accorded the grudging respect that Angus MacIntosh’s dour independence wrung from neighboring families.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Hermione bore up reasonably well on those nights when they managed to scavenge nothing but berries or stale biscuits, her temper perhaps a little shorter than usual and her silences dour.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • She had a dour Presbyterian mind and a code of morals that pinned down and beat the brains out of nearly everything that was pleasant to do.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The next thing after was a piece of dour misfortune, the like of that which has been on me all the while.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And during the day McEachern watched him with dour and grudging approval.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The dour recluse still there (he has his cake) and the douce youngling, minion of pleasure, Phedo’s toyable fair hair.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Towering before her is Scripture Cathedral, a soaring, drywall barn built a few years ago where the dour, brick Scripture Church once stood.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • That prescient part of his mind saw her before he knew he was seeing her, and must surely have understood her before he knew he was understanding her , why else did he associate such dour, ominous images with her?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But the jokey sweetness was still intact: Franklin was as lighthearted as Ira was dour.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "You get him," he repeated dourly.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The guards, some of them, were dour and sadistic men, skilled in unusual and degrading punishments.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Neither Hirluin the fair would return to Pinnath Gelin, nor Grimbold to Grimslade, nor Halbarad to the Northlands, dour-handed Ranger.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • But he’d never tell that to the dour nun in the principal’s office.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • "What can you expect from the fellow?" said dour Major Callendar.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Zooey used his nail file in silence for a moment, his face singularly dour in expression.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Try not to look so dour, Gemma.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • "The dinner was bad and the toasts too numerous," Adams complained dourly in his diary that night.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • A tall, dour white woman talked to me.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • "No, sir, not that I know of," replied Gilbert dourly.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • With no sound in their ears save the fierce gusts of wind and their own crunching footsteps, they felt themselves at the mercy of something dour and savagely melancholy—a mood in which both earth and air were saturated.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A short, dour man dressed in a baggy gray suit stretching over the soles of his canvas shoes, he said nothing.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The dour to the inn was standing open, and out of it at that moment came Jeremiah the peddler, with his pack on his back and his long walking-stick in his hand.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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