Definition of lugubrious in English:

lugubrious

adjective

  • Looking or sounding sad and dismal.

    • ‘‘I think of myself as pretty much an undiscovered genius,’ quips the lugubrious 47-year-old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the penultimate anti-whaling lament, The Last Leviathan, proves somewhat lugubrious, the album closes on a note of affirmation with the simple but affecting love song Running Home.’
    • ‘I think it's better to be a little bit humorous, not just lugubrious if you can help it.’
    • ‘A tall, lugubrious man wearing what looked suspiciously like a parka, he at first spoke so quietly nobody could hear.’
    • ‘One element in the puzzling Aberdeen which has changed, however, is the boss who, while still displaying the same lugubrious demeanour, has learned several savage lessons about the Premier League.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Which makes Paradise Lost the ideal listen for those among you who happen to like the more lugubrious moments of Depeche Mode, or Metallica, or, preferably, both.’
    • ‘How else to explain the Oscar triumphs of Gladiator, Out of Africa, and the legendarily lugubrious 1968 musical Oliver!?’
    • ‘But come on - he can be so longwinded, lugubrious, and self-indulgent.’
    • ‘Just as well that he's arranged his own party: his lugubrious downer of a dad has forgotten what day it is.’
    • ‘Something in the vibration of that deep, pompous tone he adopts - the lugubrious, narcissistic fake gravity - grates on me.’
    • ‘The actor adores pranks, especially the ones that require a straight face and his familiar lugubrious delivery.’
    • ‘The mood in their haunted honky-tonk runs from lugubrious laments to boisterous boogies, drawing in touches of ragtime, country, blues and cabaret.’
    • ‘A large, disapproving looking woman of mature years accompanied by a lugubrious Schnauzer - both clad in sleeveless knitted jerkins - had materialised on the lawn.’
    • ‘The performances are as sharp as a tack, with Sergent and Blackburn quite brilliant as the ‘cynical pustule’ Pump and the laconically lugubrious Smith.’
    • ‘‘I was a unique talent,’ says John, in lugubrious tones.’
    • ‘He has this rather lugubrious expression and a kind of lethargy that makes you wonder if he finds it a bit of a pain to keep himself alive by breathing in and out.’
    • ‘One will certainly be forgiven for harboring similar reservations about the religious tradition that grew up around this lugubrious symbol.’
    • ‘The furniture is of the grandest and displayed in rooms lined with panelling and tapestries - dim, because things fade in bright light, but for that reason rather lugubrious.’
    mournful, gloomy, sad, unhappy, doleful, eeyorish, glum, melancholy, melancholic, woeful, miserable, woebegone, forlorn, despondent, dejected, depressed, long-faced, sombre, solemn, serious, sorrowful, morose, dour, mirthless, cheerless, joyless, wretched, dismal, grim, saturnine, pessimistic
    funereal, sepulchral, dirge-like, elegiac
    down in the mouth, down in the dumps, blue
    looking as if one had lost a pound and found a penny
    dolorous
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin lugubris (from lugere mourn) + -ous.

Pronunciation:

lugubrious

/ləˈɡ(y)o͞obrēəs/