un-somber

somber

[som-ber]
adjective
1.
gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted: a somber passageway.
2.
dark and dull, as color, or as things in respect to color: a somber dress.
3.
gloomy, depressing, or dismal: a somber mood.
4.
extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on his face.
Also, especially British, sombre.


Origin:
1750–60; < French sombre, Middle French, probably noun derivative of *sombrer to make shady < Vulgar Latin *subumbrāre, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + umbrāre to cast a shadow, derivative of umbra shade

somberly, adverb
somberness, noun
unsomber, adjective
unsomberly, adverb
unsomberness, noun


1. dusky, murky, sunless. 3. lugubrious, mournful, doleful, melancholy.


1. bright. 3. cheerful.
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somber
1760 (earlier sombrous, c.1730), from Fr. sombre "dark, gloomy," from O.Fr. sombre, from L.L. subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" + umbra "shade, shadow," from PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage).
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