- gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.
- dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress.
- gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood.
- extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on his face.
Origin of somber
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Examples from the Web for somberness
There was a suggestion of somberness in her eyes as she looked down at him.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
He was really glad to see her; to be drawn away by it all from the somberness of his thoughts.Mistress Anne
The handsomeness was marred by a somberness, a sternness of demeanor.Sudden Jim
Clarence Budington Kelland
There was a gloom, a somberness, a hardness about him that had not been noticeable the day before.The Border Legion
Are we to come down into soberness and somberness to preserve these bodies of ours?Seed Thoughts for Singers
Frank Herbert Tubbs
Word Origin and History for somberness
1760 "gloomy, shadowy" (earlier sombrous, c.1730), from French sombre "dark, gloomy," from Old French sombre (14c.), from an adjective from Late Latin subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" (see sub-) + umbra "shade, shadow," perhaps from a suffixed form of PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage). Related: Somberly; somberness.