- 1(Of a person or their manner) gloomy: a saturnine temperamentMore example sentences
- Perrault's ‘Bluebeard’ is the story of a rich, middle-aged gentleman, named for his swarthy chin and saturnine manner, who marries a young woman.
- A brusque, saturnine figure, Wilbur has attempted suicide by every possible means but has yet to succeed.
- Then she simply stays in bed all the following day, drinking tea, eating chocolates and reading about strong-jawed, saturnine heroes and almond-eyed heiresses disguised as pageboys.
- 1.1(Of a person or their features) dark in colouring and moody or mysterious: his saturnine face and dark, watchful eyesMore example sentences
- The smile has returned to Craig's saturnine features.
- Dark and saturnine, he is a strong screen presence with natural brooding ability, and he holds things steady when a last-ditch attempt to end on a thrill causes the film to falter.
- He was a bright boy from Yorkshire with a dark and saturnine look and laconic manner, and he was already writing strong verse.
late Middle English (as a term in astrology): from Old French saturnin, from medieval Latin Saturninus 'of Saturn' (identified with lead by the alchemists and associated with slowness and gloom by astrologers).