Pronunciation: (diz'mul), [key]
1. causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy: dismal weather.
2. characterized by ineptness or lack of skill, competence, effectiveness, imagination, or interest; pitiful: Our team played a dismal game.
a. disastrous; calamitous.
b. unlucky; sinister.
Southern U.S.a tract of swampy land, usually along the coast.
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