• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cheerless causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy "the economic outlook is depressing","something cheerless about the room","a moody and uncheerful person","an uncheerful place"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cheerless Without joy, gladness, or comfort; gloomy; destitute of anything to enliven or animate the spirits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cheerless without comfort: gloomy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chiere, the countenance—Low L. cara, the face.


In literature:

And the Pandavas with cheerless hearts very much resembled pearls unstrung from a wreath, or birds shorn of their wings.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
The strong, sweet air above revived him, but the deck was wet and cheerless and the air chill.
"Dialstone Lane, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
To journey cheerless through the world's wide waste?
"Poetic Sketches" by Thomas Gent
Why is thy face, O beauteous lady, so cheerless?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Of the interior we saw even less than from Point Hall, and the prospect if possible was more cheerless.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
That night was really the only cheerless one the men spent around the fire.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The bivouac was as cheerless as the march.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
And cowards will have the reputation of bravery and the brave will be cheerless like cowards.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
It was a most cheerless room, and no one ever thought of sitting down in it, except at mealtime.
"Richard Vandermarck" by Miriam Coles Harris
Bursts of forced and cheerless laughter, and the shrill sound of rude and flippant talk, smote unpleasantly upon his ear.
"Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession" by Benjamin Wood

In poetry:

The wounded from the battle-plain,
In dreary hospitals of pain,
The cheerless corridors,
The cold and stony floors.
"Santa Filomena. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In time of fiercest struggling,
When cheerless was my life,
Thy, loving smile has armed me
To conquer in the strife.
"Dearest" by Robert C O Benjamin
Failure is cheerless, sullen, and glum,
His hand hanging idly by,
His voice is an echo of woe,
His face distorted, awry.
"Success" by Jared Barhite
Twas evening and the frozen streets
Were cheerless to behold,
And we were wrapt and coated well,
And yet we were a-cold.
"The Complaints Of The Poor" by Robert Southey
Tis a cheerless, lonesome evening
When the soaking, sodden ground
Will not echo to the footfall
of the sentinel's dull round.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
At morn we look, and nought is there;
Sad dawn of cheerless day!
Who then from pining and despair
The sickening heart can stay?
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

I never thought the day would come when I bid a cheerless farewell to Verizon, Comcast, Cavuto and Blitzer to save money and simultaneously salve my battered sanity.
These, from San Francisco furniture designer Ted Boerner are the "antidote for that cheerless cabinet, drab chest of drawers , or dreary door in your life.".
Like an excursion down a slow-moving river on a sometimes cloudy sometimes picturesque day, Crossing Learning Boundaries is a journey into the sometimes cheerless sometimes uplifting life and times of C.