saturnine

 /ˈsætəˌnaɪn/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sat•ur•nine /ˈsætɚˌnaɪn/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. sluggish or gloomy in the way one feels or appears;
    glum;
    somber.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sat•ur•nine  (satər nīn′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy;
    taciturn.
  2. Pathologysuffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
  3. Pathologydue to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.
satur•nine′ly, adv. 
satur•nine′ness, sat•ur•nin•i•ty  (sat′ər nini tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Medieval Latin sāturnīnus (see Saturn, -ine1)
  • late Middle English 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

saturnine /ˈsætəˌnaɪn/ adj
  1. having a gloomy temperament; taciturn
  2. archaic of or relating to lead
  3. having or symptomatic of lead poisoning
Etymology: 15th Century: from French saturnin, from Medieval Latin sāturnīnus (unattested), from Latin Sāturnus Saturn, with reference to the gloomy influence attributed to the planet Saturn

ˈsaturˌninely adv



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