somber

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Commonwealth English) sombre

Etymology[edit]

From French sombre (shady, gloomy), from Spanish sombra (shade, dark part of a picture, also a ghost), probably from Latin *subumbrare, from sub (under) + umbra (shade).[1][2]

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Adjective[edit]

somber (comparative somberer, superlative somberest)

  1. Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
    • 2002, Dirk Wittenborn, Fierce People:
      My mother prepared herself for the evening with the same somber deliberateness of the gladiators in Spartacus.
  2. Dark, lacking color or brightness.

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Verb[edit]

somber (third-person singular simple present sombers, present participle sombering, simple past and past participle sombered)

  1. Alternative form of sombre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ somber” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ somber” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Adjective[edit]

somber (comparative somberder, superlative somberst)

  1. somber (US), sombre (Commonwealth)

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