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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. lacking brightness or color; dull;
- Example: "drab faded curtains"
- Example: "sober Puritan grey"
- Example: "children in somber brown clothes"
[syn: drab, sober, somber, sombre]

2. grave or even gloomy in character;
- Example: "solemn and mournful music"
- Example: "a suit of somber black"
- Example: "a somber mood"
[syn: somber, sombre, melancholy]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Somber \Som"ber\, Sombre \Som"bre\(?; 277), a. [F. sombre; cf. Sp. sombra, shade, prob. from LL. subumbrare to put in the shade; L. sub under + umbra shade. See Umbrage.] 1. Dull; dusky; somewhat dark; gloomy; as, a somber forest; a somber house. [1913 Webster] 2. Melancholy; sad; grave; depressing; as, a somber person; somber reflections. [1913 Webster] The dinner was silent and somber; happily it was also short. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] Somber
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Somber \Som"ber\, Sombre \Som"bre\, v. t. To make somber, or dark; to make shady. [R.] [1913 Webster] Somber
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Somber \Som"ber\, Sombre \Som"bre\, n. Gloom; obscurity; duskiness; somberness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Somberly
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sombre adj 1: lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes" [syn: drab, sober, somber, sombre] 2: grave or even gloomy in character; "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood" [syn: somber, sombre, melancholy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "sombre": black, bleak, cheerless, dark, darkling, darksome, depressed, depressing, dim, dingy, dismal, doleful, dolorous, dreary, dull, dusky, foreboding, funereal, gloomy, grave, grey, grim, grim-faced, grim-visaged, joyless, leaden, lowering, lugubrious, melancholic, melancholy, morbid, morose, mournful, murky, overcast, sad, sedate, serious, shadowy, sober, solemn, staid, subfusc, unhappy