When you're sombre — or somber — you're acting glum, depressed, or sad. Being sombre is the opposite of being perky or happy.

This is a word that has to do with the mood of a person or event. A funeral is going to be sombre, and the people at the funeral are usually pretty sombre, too. It's a quiet, serious, and even gloomy kind of feeling. Objects can look sombre if they're dull and colorless. Just don't get sombre and confused by the spelling: the "re" ending is a British thing, while Americans usually end it with "er."

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