sober

[ soh-ber ]
/ ˈsoʊ bər /

adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sober: (often followed by up).

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Origin of sober

1300–50; Middle English sobre < Old French < Latin sōbrius

SYNONYMS FOR sober

5 somber, dull.
7 composed, collected.
8 reasonable, sound.

OTHER WORDS FROM sober

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British Dictionary definitions for sober

sober
/ (ˈsəʊbə) /

adjective

not drunk
not given to excessive indulgence in drink or any other activity
sedate and rationala sober attitude to a problem
(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
free from exaggeration or speculationhe told us the sober truth

verb

(usually foll by up) to make or become less intoxicated, reckless, etc

Derived forms of sober

sobering, adjectivesoberingly, adverbsoberly, adverbsoberness, noun

Word Origin for sober

C14 sobre, from Old French, from Latin sōbrius
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