Definitions for soberˈsoʊ bər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
so•ber*ˈsoʊ bər(adj.; v.)-ber•er, -ber•est
habitually temperate, esp. in the use of liquor.
quiet or sedate in demeanor:
a serious, sober couple.
marked by seriousness, solemnity, etc.:
a sober occasion.
subdued in tone, as color; not flashy or showy, as clothes.
free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration:
sane or rational.
(v.i.)to make or become sober (often fol. by up).
* Syn: See grave2.
Origin of sober:
1300–50; ME sobre < OF < L sōbrius
not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
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"
drab, sober, somber, sombre(adj)
lacking brightness or color; dull
"drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"
unplayful, serious, sober(verb)
completely lacking in playfulness
cause to become sober
"A sobering thought"
sober up, sober(verb)
become more realistic
"After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"
sober up, sober(verb)
become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
"Keep him in bed until he sobers up"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
Was she sober enough to drive?
serious, not fun
a sober thought; a sober man
plain, not bright and cheerful
stylish, yet sober decor
to become or make sober after being drunk
a cup of coffee to help him sober up
(often with up) To make or become sober.
(often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.
It took him hours to sober up.
not drunk; not intoxicated
not given to excessive drinking of alcohol;
in character; moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled
dull; not bright or colorful;
Origin: From sobre, from sobrius, from se- + ebrius, of unknown origin.
temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man
not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober
not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self-controlled; self-possessed
not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses
serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate
to make sober
to become sober; -- often with down
The Roycroft Dictionary
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_.
Translations for sober
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
He was still sober when he left.
- غَيْر ثَمِلArabic
- sóbrioPortuguese (BR)
- ξεμέθυστος, νηφάλιοςGreek
- qui n'a pas bu d'alcoolFrench
- tidak mabukIndonesian
- 술 취하지 않은Korean
- skaidrā prātā; nedzērisLatvian
- tidak mabukMalay
- سپما غړې (صرفه جويې مخصوصاً په شراب خوړلو كې)، اتياتي (احتياطي): په حال، پرسد (چې نشه نه وي): دزړه، په ټينګه، په رښتيا، رښتيانى، بې مدعا، بې غرضهPashto
- 未醉的Chinese (Trad.)
- không say rượuVietnamese
- 未醉的Chinese (Simp.)
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