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Definition serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy


lacking brightness or color
  • Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = grave or gloomy
  • She wore a somber black dress to the funeral.
  • a somber mood
  • the somber tones of Barber's Adagio for Strings
  • CHARLEY and BERNARD, somberly dressed, appear and knock on the kitchen door.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • somberly = grave or even gloomy in character; or lacking brightness or color
  • "I came as soon as I could," the vampire said somberly, turning my head gently to the left and right, examining the damage.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire's Assistant
  • somberly = gravely
  • No one said much, the mood somber and grim.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • somber = serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy
  • Dumbledore came in, looking very somber.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • somber = grave or gloomy
  • He sounded unhappy, and there was a somber look on his face.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • somber = grave or even gloomy
  • Ismael Munoz, dark and somber, watching people come aboard.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • somber = grave or gloomy in character
  • Until you see his eyes you think he's somber, even mean, but he has the most thoughtful and gentle brown eyes.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • somber = grave or even gloomy in character
  • Straight, somber and impersonal, he entered the actress's room and stood waiting.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • somber = grave or even gloomy in character
  • The background was somber—almost black.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • somber = lacking brightness
  • They both looked so plain and somber compared to Mo Rhodes and her loud-colored pillows and sparkly wall hangings in Oriental designs.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • somber = dull (lacking brightness or color)
  • to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • somber = grave or gloomy
  • "There has been far too much dying in these hills," Sadhar Khan said, somberly.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • As the sombre wheels of the six carts go round, they seem to plough up a long crooked furrow among the populace in the streets.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But before anyone could say anything else, the somber-sounding pipe organ filled the room.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • There was a somber graduation ceremony the following week at neighboring Motton Academy, but there were only fifty-two Seniors left to graduate.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • My friends had assembled again, a far more somber, truculent group than before.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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