- 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 somberly
When he ended Vieux Carré with the stage direction, “The house is empty now,” Lahr somberly terms it “an augury and an epitaph.”John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness
September 25, 2014
But even by his inaugural he was preparing the nation for war: “There can be no turning back,” he somberly said.American Voters Don’t Get Foreign Policy
July 31, 2014
“The last several weeks have been a difficult time for the U.S. Secret Service,” Sullivan somberly told the panel.Senate Panel Quizzes Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan on Colombian Prostitutes
May 23, 2012
He rose and went to the foot of the bed and stood there, regarding her somberly.The Combined Maze
"If it's safe for us to let people know where we are by then," Jan said somberly.The Electronic Mind Reader
"That, taken with everything else, all but got me down," said he somberly.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig
David Graham Phillips
They tell me Im living in a prison of self, invisible and ascetic and somberly just.I, Mary MacLane
"We'd better run for it at the first chance," he said, somberly.The Border Legion
Word Origin and History for somberly
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.