US somber

/ (ˈsɒmbə) /

  1. dismal; melancholy: a sombre mood

  2. dim, gloomy, or shadowy

  1. (of colour, clothes, etc) sober, dull, or dark

Origin of sombre

C18: from French, from Vulgar Latin subumbrāre (unattested) to shade, from Latin sub beneath + umbra shade

Derived forms of sombre

  • sombrely or US somberly, adverb
  • sombreness or US somberness, noun
  • sombrous (ˈsɒmbrəs), adjective

Words Nearby sombre

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How to use sombre in a sentence

  • To highlight them, Frum believes, would have been to make the book less amusing and more sombre.

  • His eyes became more sombre, looked suddenly as if even their material weight must have increased.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • The more his kind wife exerted herself to comfort him, the more obstinately he persisted in maintaining his own sombre views.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • In quiet shade the sombre valley lay,While all the little hills around were clothedWith the soft lustre of the dewy moon.

  • Thick clouds of smoke overcast the sky, shrouding the morning with sombre gray.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • If you can stand a few hours of talk from an old smacksman you may hear a sombre litany of horror.

    The Chequers | James Runciman