What does sober mean?

Definitions for sober
ˈsoʊ bərsober

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sober.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soberadjective

    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

  2. grave, sedate, sober, solemnadjective

    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, sombreadjective

    lacking brightness or color; dull

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

  4. unplayful, serious, soberverb

    completely lacking in playfulness

  5. soberverb

    cause to become sober

    "A sobering thought"

  6. sober up, soberverb

    become more realistic

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

  7. sober up, soberverb

    become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

    "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"


  1. soberverb

    (often with up) To make or become sober.

  2. soberverb

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

    It took him hours to sober up.

  3. soberadjective

    not drunk; not intoxicated

  4. soberadjective

    not given to excessive drinking of alcohol;

  5. soberadjective

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

  6. soberadjective

    dull; not bright or colorful;

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soberadjective

    Etymology: sobrius, Latin; sobre, French.

    Live a sober, righteous, and godly life. Common Prayer.

    The vines give wine to the drunkard as well as to the sober man. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.

    No sober temperate person, whatsoever other sins he may be guilty of, can look with complacency upon the drunkenness and sottishness of his neighbour. Robert South, Sermons.

    A law there is among the Grecians, whereof Pittacus is author; that he which being overcome with drink did then strike any man, should sufler punishment double, as much as if he had done the same being sober. Richard Hooker.

    Another, who had a great genius for tragedy, following the fury of his natural temper, made every man and woman in his plays stark raging mad: there was not a sober person to be had; all was tempestuous and blustering. Dryden.

    No sober man would put himself into danger, for the applause of escaping without breaking his neck. Dryden.

    This same young sober blooded boy a man cannot make him laugh. William Shakespeare.

    Cieca travelled all over Peru, and is a grave and sober writer. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. Tit. ii. 6.

    The governour of Scotland being of great courage, and sober judgment, amply performed his duty both before the battle and in the field. John Hayward.

    These confusions disposed men of any sober understanding to wish for peace. Edward Hyde.

    Among them some sober men confessed, that as his majesty’s affairs then stood, he could not grant it. Edward Hyde.

    To these, that sober race of men, whose lives
    Religious, titled them the sons of God,
    Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame
    Ignobly to the trains and to the smiles
    Of these fair atheists. John Milton.

    Petruchio shall
    Offer me, disguis’d in sober robes,
    To old Baptista as a schoolmaster. William Shakespeare.

    Come, civil night,
    Thou sober-suited matron, all in black. William Shakespeare.

    Twilight grey
    Had in her sober liv’ry all things clad. John Milton.

    What parts gay France from sober Spain,
    A little rising rocky chain:
    Of men born south or north th’ hill,
    Those seldom move; these ne’er stand still. Matthew Prior.

    Swift and he despis’d the farce of state,
    The sober follies of the wise and great. Alexander Pope.

    See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Soberverb

    To make sober.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    A little learning is a dang’rous thing;
    Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
    There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
    And drinking largely sobers us again. Alexander Pope.


  1. SOBER

    In cryptography, SOBER is a family of stream ciphers initially designed by Greg Rose of QUALCOMM Australia starting in 1997. The name is a contrived acronym for Seventeen Octet Byte Enabled Register. Initially the cipher was intended as a replacement for broken ciphers in cellular telephony. The ciphers evolved, and other developers (primarily Phillip Hawkes) joined the project. SOBER was the first cipher, with a 17-byte linear-feedback shift register (LFSR), a form of decimation called stuttering, and a nonlinear output filter function. The particular configuration of the shift register turned out to be vulnerable to "guess and determine" attacks. SOBER-2 changed the position of the feedback and output taps to resist the above attacks. S16 was an expansion to 16-bit words rather than bytes, with an expected increase of security.


  1. sober

    Sober generally refers to the state of not being intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs. It can also describe a person who is serious, sensible and solemn. Additionally, in the context of colors or clothing, it can mean subtle or understated.

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. Soberverb

    to make sober

  7. Soberverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sober

    sō′bėr, adj. not wild or passionate: self-possessed: sedate: grave: calm: regular: simple in colour, sombre: not drunk: temperate, esp. in the use of liquors: (Scot.) poor, feeble.—v.t. to make sober: to free from intoxication.—adj. Sō′ber-blood′ed, cool.—v.t. Sō′berise, to make sober.—adv. Sō′berly.—adj. Sō′ber-mind′ed, habitually calm and temperate.—ns. Sō′ber-mind′edness, the state of being sober-minded: freedom from inordinate passion: calmness; Sō′berness; Sō′bersides, a sedate and solemn person.—adj. Sō′ber-suit′ed, dressed in a suit of sad-coloured clothes.—n. Sōbrī′ety, state or habit of being sober: calmness: gravity. [Fr. sobre—L. sobriusse, apart, not, ebrius, drunk.]

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_.

Suggested Resources

  1. sober

    Song lyrics by sober -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by sober on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SOBER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sober is ranked #23065 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sober surname appeared 1,108 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sober.

    91.7% or 1,016 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 19 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for sober »

  1. Boers

  2. bores

  3. Brose

  4. brose

  5. robes

  6. boser

How to pronounce sober?

How to say sober in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sober in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sober in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sober in a Sentence

  1. Lamar Odom:

    Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling, being in the moment is important.

  2. Communist Manifesto:

    All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

  3. Bill Withers:

    I taught my brother guitar, and he taught me how to get sober.

  4. Chuck Negron:

    In a sense, I’m a little kid in here, i didn’t wake up until I was 50 years old. I turned 50 before I had one year clean and sober. I woke up late.

  5. Kid Rock:

    A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts, i own what I said.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for sober

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for sober »


Find a translation for the sober definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"sober." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 13 Jul 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/sober>.

Discuss these sober definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for sober? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    add details, as to an account or idea
    A famish
    B elaborate
    C loom
    D abash

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for sober: