Part of speech: noun
A state of listlessness or sadness
A period of inactivity
An area of the ocean near the equator known for calm and light winds
Examples of Doldrums in a sentence
"After the break-up, I found myself drifting through my own personal doldrums."
"We were making great time until our boat drifted into the doldrums, killing our momentum."
Norton Juster's famous young-adult novel, "The Phantom Tollbooth," features a fictional place known as the Doldrums. As you might imagine, it's a place marked by slow movement and a frustrating lack of progress.
Did you Know?
In the 1800s, doldrums were used to describe a state of frustrating stillness encountered by sailors in areas of the sea with no winds to propel them.