Definition of doldrums in English:


Line breaks: dol|drums
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒldrəmz


(the doldrums)
  • 2An equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean with calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds: Hurricane Verity had been born in the doldrums
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    • With conditions ranging from the unpredictable calms of the doldrums to the gale force winds and icebergs of the southern oceans, the Global Challenge is certainly not one for the faint-hearted.
    • On the equator there is little wind, mariners called this region the doldrums (after an old English word meaning dull) because they feared being stranded there.
    • The trade winds from both hemispheres converge towards the doldrums and a zone of low pressure, the equatorial trough, that girdles the earth.


late 18th century (as doldrum 'dull, sluggish person'): perhaps from dull, on the pattern of tantrums.

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