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Definition of the adjective somber

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adjective - degrees: more somber / somberer | most somber / somberest

  1. lacking brightness or color; dull
  2. grave or even gloomy in character

Alternative definition of the adjective somber


  1. Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
  2. Dark, lacking color or brightness.

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Google previewFinnish-English dictionary (1916)

by Karl Vilhelm Arminen, Eetu Aaltio

somber 1. dark), -tytan 1. -tan tr. make gloomy (1. melancholy 1. somber) ; darken, obscure, dim, cloud. synkkyys s. gloominess, gloom; melancholy; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of K9 Terminology (2013)

by Edward M. Gilbert, Jr, Patricia H. Gilbert

Soft sweet expression—Spinone Italiano Somber or frowning expression. The Sussex Spaniel's expression is an important feature of the breed. The Sussex has a somber and serious appearance and its fairly heavy brows produce a frowning ...

Google previewA complete dictionary of synonyms and antonyms or synonyms and words of opposite meaning

by S. Fallows

Dull, opaque, non-luminous, obscure, rayless, lurid, somber, noureflecting, dim, dusky, cloudy, nebulous, pale, wan, caligiuous. "le6111. 81m. Scold, shrew [See Vmco . Vocation. SYN. Profession, oflice, calling, function, mission, avocation, ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

discouraging, gloomy, ominous, somber, unpromising, portentous, depressing, dashing, daunting, hopeless. ant. 1, 2 bright, sharp, brilliant, sparkling. 3 rosy, glowing, hopeful, encouraging, promising. dimension n. extent, magnitude, size, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Literature (2015)

"Daddy Lied," a somber poem by Rory Buchanan, reconciles the silence andits irrational sensibilitiesas belonging to the past. Buchanan's father raisedhim as hisfather's fatherhad done: according toa silentcode of manhood. Silence serves as ...

Google previewThe Pianist's Dictionary (2004)

by Maurice Hinson

somber (Fr.). Gloomy, dull, heavy, somber. sombrio (Sp.). Gloomy, hazy ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol (2014)

Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives by Scott C. Martin

The modern American wake is a somber affair, with people wearing black or other dark clothing unless the deceased or survivors specify otherwise. The tobacco and snuff are out of fashion now, but they remain in use ceremonially at wakes.

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

abstemious, abstinent, moderate, temperate 2 solemn, serious, grave, staid, sombre, somber (N. Am.), sedate ant. 1 drunk, intoxicated 2 frivolous so-called adj. alleged, professed, supposed sociable adj. friendly, outgoing, gregarious, genial, ...

Google previewWebster's II Children's Dictionary (2003)

averb solved, solving, solves somber adjective Dark or grim; gloomy: a somber sky; ...

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Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber. (Ugo Betti)
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Scrabble value of S1O1M3B3E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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