V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: serious, sad, and gloomy

Synonyms: bleak, dark, serious, sad, melancholy, gloomy, solemn, dull

Antonyms: bright, cheery, happy

Tips: Somber is derived from the French sombre, which means "dark and gloomy." If something is described as somber, it is usually dark, gloomy, and serious. This is a good word to describe a feeling of deep and serious sadness.

Usage Examples:

The mood in the audience turned somber after a circus performer became injured. (serious, sad, bleak)

The character of Eyore, from Winnie the Pooh, speaks in a somber voice. (gloomy, solemn, melancholy)

He wore a somber black suit to the funeral. (dark, serious)

This was definitely not a "feel-good" movie; it ended on a very somber note. (serious, sad, bleak)

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