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  • Somber — Som ber, Sombre Som bre(?; 277), a. [F. sombre; cf. Sp. sombra, shade, prob. from LL. subumbrare to put in the shade; L. sub under + umbra shade. See {Umbrage}.] 1. Dull; dusky; somewhat dark; gloomy; as, a somber forest; a somber house. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Somber — Som ber, Sombre Som bre, v. t. To make somber, or dark; to make shady. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Somber — Som ber, Sombre Som bre, n. Gloom; obscurity; duskiness; somberness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • somber — index bleak (not favorable), bleak (severely simple), despondent, disconsolate, grave (solemn), lifeless (dull) …   Law dictionary

  • somber — 1760 (earlier sombrous, c.1730), from Fr. sombre dark, gloomy, from O.Fr. sombre, from L.L. subumbrare to shadow, from sub under + umbra shade, shadow, from PIE *andho blind, dark (see UMBRAGE (Cf. umbrage)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • somber — *serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest Analogous words: gloomy, *dark, murky: *dismal, bleak, cheerless: melancholy (see MELANCHOLIC) Antonyms: garish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • somber — [adj] sad, depressing black, bleak, blue*, caliginous, cloudy, dark, depressive, dim, dingy, dire, dismal, dispiriting, doleful, down, drab, dragged, dreary, dull, dusky, earnest, funereal, gloomy, grave, grim, hurting, joyless, lugubrious,… …   New thesaurus

  • somber — [säm′bər] adj. [Fr sombre < LL * subumbrare, to shade < L sub, under + umbra, shade] 1. dark and gloomy or dull 2. mentally depressed or depressing; melancholy 3. earnest and solemn; grave: Also Chiefly Brit. sombre somberly adv. somberness …   English World dictionary

  • somber — somberly, adv. somberness, n. /som beuhr/, adj. 1. gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway. 2. dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress. 3. gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood. 4.… …   Universalium

  • somber — som•ber [[t]ˈsɒm bər[/t]] adj. 1) gloomily dark; shadowy: a somber passageway[/ex] 2) dark and dull in color or tone: a somber dress[/ex] 3) downcast; glum: a somber mood[/ex] 4) extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on one s face[/ex]… …   From formal English to slang

  • somber — adjective 1. lacking brightness or color; dull (Freq. 1) drab faded curtains sober Puritan grey children in somber brown clothes • Syn: ↑drab, ↑sober, ↑sombre …   Useful english dictionary

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