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

adj grave or even gloomy in character

melancholy, somber
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

adj lacking brightness or color; dull

drab, sober, somber
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful

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