Weekly Word – Lugubrious

Weekly Word is a weekly post intended to illustrate the meaning and use of a single word. The chosen word will begin with a different letter of the alphabet each week, as Louise (my daughter) and I work our way through the alphabet.

Louise posts on her website:

An Enchanted Place

This week’s word begins with the letter L:


Part of Speech:



Looking or sounding sad and dismal, especially in an affected or exaggerated manner


loo-goo-bree-uhs    ((lʊˈɡuːbrɪəs)

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Related Forms:

lugubriously (adverb)

lugubriousness and lugubriosity (nouns)


sad  melancholy  morose  gloomy  dismal  pensive  doleful  mournful  dreary  serious  woeful  woebegone  sorrowful  depressing  unhappy  downhearted  glum  forlorn  crestfallen  downcast  funereal  brokenhearted  blue disconsolate  sombre  subdued  despondent


cheerful  joyful  bright  friendly cordial  cheery comforting cheering  festive  sunshiny

Word Origin:

Late 16th – early 17th century (1585 – 1605) from the Latin lugubris meaning mournful (from the Latin verb lugere: to mourn) + English ous

Use the Word in a Sentence: 

1. Ten-year-old Michael suddenly charged through the back door. ‘Mum, what’s the matter with Charlie? He looks really sad and miserable. Is he ill?’

‘No he isn’t – and don’t let that lugubrious face he pulls fool you. He’s just feeling sorry for himself because I caught him eating the cat’s food and chased him out. And he can jolly well stay there until I decide to forgive him.’

Image by Christine Klassen from Pixabay

2. I’d waited for what seems like hours at a bus stop when a whole convoy of buses with the same destination arrived with lugubrious slowness.

Image by manfred Kindlinger from Pixabay

3. The lugubriousness of the view that hit us as we rounded a bend caused a wave of sadness to wash over me. Could this neglected, derelict old  building really be the same pretty house of my childhood… a house that had once been filled with laughter and love?

‘Don’t worry, sweetheart,’ my husband said, smiling at me. ‘The house might look woefully lugubrious now, but the workmen I’ve hired will have it looking bright and cheerful before we know it, even on the gloomiest of days.’

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger from Pexels


If you would like to join us in doing this weekly post, both Louise and I would be happy to see you. You can pick of your own word and illustrate its use in any way you choose(even a short story) or use your chosen word to follow a similar pattern to our posts.

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Word – Lugubrious

  1. Now there’s a word I don’t see often! Whenever I see one of your posts, I stop to try to define the word myself before reading the rest of the post. I wasn’t 100% confident in my answer this time, but I was right, hooray! Well, mostly right. I didn’t realize it could also be used to mean an inanimate object looking dismal — so I’ve learned something new, thanks!

    1. Thanks, Joy. Lugubrious isn’t a word I use much myself but it suits a lot of dismal scenes and situations as well as facial expressions. Good to know you got the meaning right. 😀

  2. Sadly, we see a lot of lugubrious faces these days!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, Millie. I love learning something new and the way you taught it made me smile. Thank you for this! ♥

  3. Thank you for that lovely comment, Holly. You’re right about the lugubrious faces, too. It’s been a difficult and sometimes sad year for so many of us, worldwide. We’re all looking forward to better times ahead. ❤

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