Meaning of sombre


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


    melancholy, somber

    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful

    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  2. adjective

    lacking brightness or color; dull


    drab, sober, somber

    colorless, colourless

    weak in color; not colorful

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