Definitions for SOBERˈsoʊ bər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

so•ber*ˈsoʊ bər(adj.; v.)-ber•er, -ber•est

  1. (adj.)not drunk.

  2. habitually temperate, esp. in the use of liquor.

  3. quiet or sedate in demeanor:

    a serious, sober couple.

  4. marked by seriousness, solemnity, etc.:

    a sober occasion.

  5. subdued in tone, as color; not flashy or showy, as clothes.

  6. free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration:

    sober facts.

  7. showing self-control:

    sober restraint.

  8. sane or rational.

  9. (v.i.)to make or become sober (often fol. by up).

* Syn: See grave2.

Origin of sober:

1300–50; ME sobre < OF < L sōbrius


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sober(adj)

    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

  2. grave, sedate, sober, solemn(adj)

    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"

  3. drab, sober, somber, sombre(adj)

    lacking brightness or color; dull

    "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"

  4. unplayful, serious, sober(verb)

    completely lacking in playfulness

  5. sober(verb)

    cause to become sober

    "A sobering thought"

  6. sober up, sober(verb)

    become more realistic

    "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"

  7. sober up, sober(verb)

    become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

    "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sober(adjective)ˈsoʊ bər

    not drunk

    Was she sober enough to drive?

  2. soberˈsoʊ bər

    serious, not fun

    a sober thought; a sober man

  3. soberˈsoʊ bər

    plain, not bright and cheerful

    stylish, yet sober decor

  4. sober(verb)ˈsoʊ bər

    to become or make sober after being drunk

    a cup of coffee to help him sober up


  1. sober(Verb)

    (often with up) To make or become sober.

  2. sober(Verb)

    (often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.

    It took him hours to sober up.

  3. sober(Adjective)

    not drunk; not intoxicated

  4. sober(Adjective)

    not given to excessive drinking of alcohol;

  5. sober(Adjective)

    in character; moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled

  6. sober(Adjective)

    dull; not bright or colorful;

  7. Origin: From sobre, from sobrius, from se- + ebrius, of unknown origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sober

    temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man

  2. Sober

    not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober

  3. Sober

    not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self-controlled; self-possessed

  4. Sober

    not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses

  5. Sober

    serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate

  6. Sober(verb)

    to make sober

  7. Sober(verb)

    to become sober; -- often with down


  1. Šober

    Šober is a dispersed settlement in the hills northwest of Maribor in northeastern Slovenia. It belongs to the Maribor Urban Municipality. The local church, built on a hill above the settlement, is a landmark visible from afar. It is dedicated to Saint Urban and was built in the 16th century. Between 1784 and 1855 it was abandoned, and was then restored in 1860.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. sober

    1. To be bored, unhappy, "all in." 2. To be born or live in Philadelphia. 3. To be without money, to be destitute. 4. To die. _E. g._, "Thank God, I am sober at last!" Dying words of Potodorus in _Two Gentlemen of Yonkers_.

Anagrams of SOBER

  1. Boers, bores, Brose, brose, robes

  2. Brose

Translations for SOBER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not drunk

He was still sober when he left.

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