somber

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Commonwealth English) sombre

EtymologyEdit

From French sombre (shady, gloomy), from Spanish sombra (shade, dark part of a picture, also a ghost), probably from Latin *subumbrare, from sub (under) + umbra (shade).[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɒmbər/
  • Rhymes: -ɒmbə(r)

AdjectiveEdit

somber (comparative somberer, superlative somberest)

  1. Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
    • 2002, Dirk Wittenborn, Fierce People:
      My mother prepared herself for the evening with the same somber deliberateness of the gladiators in Spartacus.
  2. Dark, lacking color or brightness.

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VerbEdit

somber (third-person singular simple present sombers, present participle sombering, simple past and past participle sombered)

  1. Alternative form of sombre.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ somber” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ somber” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

somber (comparative somberder, superlative somberst)

  1. somber (US), sombre (Commonwealth)

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • somberaar
  • somberen
  • somberheid
  • sombermans
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 07:52