Definition of lugubrious in English:
Looking or sounding sad and dismal.
- And so my evening ended with the lugubrious sight and sound, fortunately unseen and unheard, of a chubby old poet singing along to a faltering self-accompaniment, working through a few old style songs.
- I toured the small cemetery with its sad tombstone inscriptions, and then took the short boat trip back to Ile Royale, where a lugubrious guide pointed out the almond tree under which the guillotine used to stand.
- A large, disapproving looking woman of mature years accompanied by a lugubrious Schnauzer - both clad in sleeveless knitted jerkins - had materialised on the lawn.
mournful, gloomy, sad, unhappy, doleful, glum, melancholy, woeful, miserable, woebegone, forlorn, somber, solemn, serious, sorrowful, morose, dour, cheerless, joyless, dismal;
informal down in/at the mouth
- Example sentences
- He looks lugubriously over the sprawl of Northampton, coughs frighteningly and mops his brow.
- ‘You are guilty of inhumanity to your fellow man,’ the voice lugubriously intones, and nothing short of a full confession of wrongs committed to all affected will save Stu.
- For a while it became the archetypal maudlin pub drinking song: imagine it lugubriously belted out at closing time with a skinful of beer lubricating every voice.
- Example sentences
- But despite its lugubriousness and morbidness I left the theater going over the narrative possibilities and what they implied about the characters in a surprisingly pleasant mood.
- ‘Coming from a depressed background has paid dividends,’ he later observed with characteristic lugubriousness.
- Unfortunately, some other songs tend towards the kind of treacly lugubriousness that gives country music a bad name.
Early 17th century: from Latin lugubris (from lugere 'mourn') + -ous.
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