Somber is used to describe situations, facial expressions, or moods that are dark, gloomy, or depressing. Funerals are usually somber affairs.

Somber is a slightly formal word. If you have bad or super important news, deliver it in a somber manner otherwise people won’t understand how serious you are. Bad news can put a person in a somber mood. The word somber is derived from the Latin sub umbrā, "under a shadow," and it can also describe dull colors, like brown, grey, or black.

Definitions of somber
  1. adjective
    grave or even gloomy in character
    “a suit of somber black”
    “a somber mood”
    synonyms: melancholy, sombre
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  2. adjective
    lacking brightness or color; dull
    “children in somber brown clothes”
    synonyms: drab, sober, sombre
    colorless, colourless
    weak in color; not colorful
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