Origin of lugubriousClassical Latin lugubris from lugere, to mourn ( from Indo-European base an unverified form leu?-, an unverified form leug-, to break from source Welsh llwyth, burden) + -ous
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.
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
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 lÅ«gubris (“mournful; gloomy")
- This lugubrious work of art was set up in white marble after his death in St Paul's cathedral, where it may still be seen.
- Very near his end he had the lugubrious curiosity to cause the coffins of his embalmed ancestors to be opened at the Escorial.