doldrums doldrums  /ˈdoʊld rəmz/


  1. (n) a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)
  2. (n) a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific



  1. The long weekend of July 4 sent a vagrant wind through the rigging; aside from that, Variety reported unalleviated box-office doldrums.
  2. PTI's Pacific Board of Economists sees a growth surge for the region After spending 1982 in the doldrums, the economies of the nations bordering the Pacific are again.
  3. With manned space exploration in the doldrums, maybe what NASA needs is a new outfit for its astronauts.


  1. Detroit Lions Minicamp: 3 Lingering Questions as the Lions March Towards Training Camp

    COMMENTARY | With the Detroit Lions' minicamp completed, we can start working our way towards training camp. However, the doldrums of the actual offseason are staring us in the face. Therefore, it's time we determine what we should all be worrying about as we soldier on.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Searching For A Way Forward In The Tech Industry

    As we roll into the summer doldrums, the tech industry is in disarray.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Mattingly confident reeling Dodgers can rebound

    PITTSBURGH — Don Mattingly remains confident the Dodgers are going to put together a winning streak and pull out of their doldrums. Los Angeles has been making its manager wait quite a while. Rookie Gerrit Cole improved to 2-0 and Pedro Alvarez homered off Zack Greinke to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Dodgers 6-3 Sunday. It was the Dodgers' sixth loss and eight games and dropped them a ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Boston Herald


  1. "You can't go the other direction," Doyle said. "I would hate to see us come out of economic doldrums two years from now and find that we have moved 25 years backwards."
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Jim Doyle Source: FOXNews

  2. "Bill Clinton knows a little bit about trying to yank the economy out of the doldrums," Obama said. "It wouldn't make sense for me to want to edit his remarks."
    on Aug 25, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Hanley, who has signed a three-year contract, said: "I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the club. Money was not a factor. I was attracted by the different kind of challenge, taking the team from the doldrums."
    on Dec 14, 2007 By: Ellery Hanley Source: ic Wales

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