Do you ever pass over a word several times but the meaning of it remains unknown? I do!
I always knew that “somber” meant “sad,” but I never fully investigated its definition. Pete had me proofread a music review of his when I came across this word. “Somber folk,” he wrote.
“Somber” means dark and gloomy, according to Merriam-Webster. It means more than just “sad.” “Somber” drags sadness deeper. It’s heavy depression.
However, Merriam-Webster gives the example of “He wore a somber suit” along with more grave examples. I’m not quite sure how a suit could be depressing. Or folk for that matter.
Do you see “somber” as a dark, heavy word? Or do you think it can be used to described things that aren’t necessarily considered sad?