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1  —as in:
a somber mood
Definition serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
  • Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = serious and cheerless
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She exhibited a somber mood.
  • somber = serious and cheerless
  • I am moved by the somber tones of Barber's Adagio for Strings.
  • somber = serious and without cheer
  • The story they had to tell put a somber end to the happy evening.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • somber = sad or serious—without humor or fun
  • Her mood was somber; I couldn't understand why she wouldn't look me in the eye.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • somber = serious—not cheerful or lighthearted
  • "Such a beautiful song," Grace Wexler slurred, but the others sat in somber silence.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • somber = sad or serious—without humor or fun
  • Calvin's face lit up with hope, and his eyes, which had been somber, regained their usual sparkle.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • somber = sad or serious—without humor or fun
  • He noticed Ralph's scarred nakedness, and the sombre silence of all four of them.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • sombre = serious—without humor or fun
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use somber.)
  • Oh, may these somber words not come true for as long as possible.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • somber = sad
  • Which is not to say that nothing broke into this strict and somber way of life.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
somber = serious—without humour or fun

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2  —as in:
somber colors
Definition lacking brightness or color — perhaps gloomy
  • She wore a somber black dress to the funeral.
somber = lacking brightness or color
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They met under an appropriately somber sky.
  • somber = gloomy
  • This was the period when she painted with somber colors.
  • somber = lacking brightness
  • Her own dress was of the coarsest materials and the most sombre hue, with only that one ornament—the scarlet letter—which it was her doom to wear.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • sombre = gloomy or dark
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use somber.)
  • CHARLEY and BERNARD, somberly dressed, appear and knock on the kitchen door.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • somberly = in dark, cheerless colors
  • The background was somber—almost black.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • somber = dark
  • 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)
  • Two men dressed somberly as the crowds were dressed somberly, moving between the mourners until they met among the mourners and exchanged the words they had to say to each other.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • somberly = in dark or dull colors
  • He saw the girls come out, dressed somberly, even severely.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • somberly = plainly in dark or dull color
  • The day was chill and sombre.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
sombre = gloomy, overcast, or lacking bright sunshine
(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use somber.)

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