\\ˈdōldrəm, ˈdäl- sometimes ˈdȯl-\ noun (-s)
Etymology: probably akin to Old English dol foolish, silly — more at dull
a. : a spell of listlessness or despondency : blues
b. : a state of bafflement : quandary
2. archaic : a sluggish or slow-witted person
a. : a region over the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light baffling winds
b. : the calms met with in that region
4. doldrums plural : a condition of inactivity, retardation, or stagnation:
a. : a downswing, slump, or slack period (as in business or industry)

through the economic doldrums of the late forties — Drew Middleton

bring the antiques business out of the depression doldrums — Alice Winchester

: a period of sagging or falling off (as in sales or financial or political activity)
b. : a deterioration to a low ebb of vigor, creative power, or effectiveness

that American fiction is at present in the doldrums is borne out anew — Amy Loveman

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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