the dismal weather made the late afternoon seem like evening.
(of a person or a mood) gloomy:
his dismal mood was not dispelled by finding the house empty.
pitifully or disgracefully bad:
he shuddered as he watched his team's dismal performance.
ORIGIN: late Middle English: from earlier dismal (noun), denoting the two days in each month that in medieval times were believed to be unlucky, from Anglo-Norman French dis mal, from medieval Latin dies mali ‘evil days.’
, enamel, entrammel, mammal, trammel
, baptismal, catechismal, dismal, paroxysmal
•animal • minimal • lachrymal
•septimal • optimal • primal • Rommel
, conformal, formal, normal, paranormal, subnormal
•chromosomal • Kümmel
, pommel, pummel
, geothermal, isothermal, pachydermal, taxidermal, thermal
†sb. evil days, orig the unpropitious days, two in each month, of the medieval calendar XIII; adj. †(of days) unlucky XIV; †(of other things) disastrous; causing dismay or gloom; depressingly dreary XVI. — AN. dis mal
:- medL. diēs malī
evil days. The (orig. superfluous) addition of day
led to the apprehension of dismal
as an adj.