- The definition of lugubrious is someone who looks very sad, depressed or long-in-the-face.
An example of lugubrious is the expression on the face of a depressed boy.
Origin of lugubriousClassical Latin lugubris ; from lugere, to mourn (; from Indo-European base an unverified form leuğ-, an unverified form leug-, to break from source Welsh llwyth, burden) + -ous
Origin of lugubriousFrom Latin lūgubris, from lūgēre, to mourn.
(comparative more lugubrious, superlative most lugubrious)
- gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.
- The poor lighting and sparse maintenance, plus the rarefied traffic on its wide boulevards, made the effect of Pyongyang on the tourist distinctly lugubrious.
- His client's lugubrious expression tipped off the detective that something lurked beneath her optimistic words.
From Latin lūgubris (“mournful; gloomy”)