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1sober

adjective so·ber \ˈsō-bər\

: not drunk

: having or showing a very serious attitude or quality

: plain in color

so·ber·er \-bər-ər\ so·ber·est \-b(ə-)rəst\

Full Definition of SOBER

1
a :  sparing in the use of food and drink :  abstemious
b :  not addicted to intoxicating drink
c :  not drunk
2
:  marked by sedate or gravely or earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor
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4
:  marked by temperance, moderation, or seriousness <a sober candlelight vigil>
5
:  subdued in tone or color
6
:  showing no excessive or extreme qualities of fancy, emotion, or prejudice
so·ber·ly \-bər-lē\ adverb
so·ber·ness noun

Examples of SOBER

  1. I'm driving, so I have to stay sober tonight.
  2. He is a sober, hardworking farmer.
  3. The story is a sober look at drug abuse.
  4. Illness is a sober reminder of our mortality.
  5. The article is a sober reflection on the state of our nation.

Origin of SOBER

Middle English sobre, from Anglo-French, from Latin sobrius; akin to Latin ebrius drunk
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SOBER

Synonyms
clearheaded, straight
Antonyms
blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wiped out [slang]

Synonym Discussion of SOBER

serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters <a serious play about social injustice>. grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude <read the proclamation in a grave voice>. solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity <a sad and solemn occasion>. sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness <remained sedate amid the commotion>. staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint <a quiet and staid community>. sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity <a sober look at the state of our schools>. earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose <an earnest reformer>.

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

controlled, flake, herb, key, sodden

Rhymes with SOBER

2sober

verb

: to make (someone) serious or thoughtful

so·beredso·ber·ing \-b(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SOBER

transitive verb
:  to make sober
intransitive verb
:  to become sober —usually used with up

Examples of SOBER

  1. He returned home from the war, saddened and sobered by his experiences.

First Known Use of SOBER

14th century

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

controlled, flake, herb, key, sodden
SOBER Defined for Kids

1sober

adjective so·ber \ˈsō-bər\
so·ber·erso·ber·est

Definition of SOBER for Kids

1
:  not drinking too much :  temperate
2
:  not drunk
3
:  having or showing a serious attitude :  solemn <a sober child> <a sober voice>
4
:  having a plain color <sober clothes>
5
:  carefully reasoned or considered :  realistic <a sober reminder>

2sober

verb
so·beredso·ber·ing

Definition of SOBER for Kids

1
:  to make or become less drunk
2
:  to make or become serious or thoughtful <The news sobered us.>

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