- 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 sombre
At this he looked with sombre intelligence and set it carefully aside.The Bacillus of Beauty
"They soon lose their perfume," replied the sombre Old Year.The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
The lowered physiognomy of Mr Verloc expressed a sombre and weary annoyance.
His voice was sombre, because he had a correct sentiment of the situation.
He entered in the clatter of the shop bell with an air of sombre and vexed exhaustion.
- dismal; melancholya sombre mood
- dim, gloomy, or shadowy
- (of colour, clothes, etc) sober, dull, or dark
Word Origin and History for sombre
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.