Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.
- Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
- Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit: a dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
- Obsolete Dreadful; disastrous.
- Chiefly South Atlantic U.S. See pocosin. See Regional Note at pocosin.