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Definition a state of listlessness or inactivity


a belt of calm seas and light winds near the equator
  • Business is in the doldrums, but we think it will pick up in the Spring.
  • A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.
    Phyllis Mcginley
  • The team's doldrums were not over; they lost their fifth consecutive game.
  • The day the Mariposa entered the doldrums, Martin was more miserable than ever.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • This is as dull as the doldrums.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Treasure Island
  • Thomas wanted to stand up and cheer, sure that Alby would finally snap out of his doldrums.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • doldrums = state of listlessness or inactivity
  • The traffic had diminished considerably, the rush hour over, the street in the doldrums of midmorning quiescence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • On previous days we had waited for the doldrums in the middle of the day when the isle was still in the water, the sea a glazed mirror.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You've been pampered with thrills, and if you don't get a first-class kick every day, you sulk and fret about in the doldrums.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Another event which took place during the July doldrums gave me much to think about.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • But now, unless he were so fortunate as to be nominated and subsequently elected to this county judgeship, defeat and political doldrums loomed ahead.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This is as dull as the doldrums.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Another couple of days, we'll be out of the sweeps and into the June doldrums.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Like the ancient mariner, Louie and Phil had found the doldrums, the eerie pause of wind and water that lingers around the equator.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Leah A FTER THREE WEEKS of the doldrums I made Ruth May get out of bed.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He was sinking farther into the doldrums with every second.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • To this I quickly answered: 'Let me tell you, goddess, whatever goddess you may be, these doldrums are no will of mine.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • "WHAT ARE THE DOLDRUMS?" he cried loudly, and tried very hard to see who would answer this time.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • She was like a sailor caught in the doldrums, waiting with increasing desperation for the faintest hint of a breeze to fill the sails and let the journey continue.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • EAGER FOR A BREAK from the doldrums of summer in London, with Parliament in recess and "everyone fled from the city," the Adamses decided to see some of the English countryside.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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