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[ soh-ber ]


, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.
  1. not intoxicated or drunk.
  2. habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.

    Synonyms: abstinent, abstemious

  3. quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
  4. marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.:

    a sober occasion.

    Synonyms: staid, subdued, sedate, quiet, serious

    Antonyms: gay

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

    Synonyms: dull, somber

  6. free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration:

    sober facts.

  7. showing self-control:

    sober restraint.

    Synonyms: collected, composed

  8. sane or rational:

    a sober solution to the problem.

    Synonyms: sound, reasonable

verb (used with or without object)

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


/ ˈsəʊbə /


  1. not drunk
  2. not given to excessive indulgence in drink or any other activity
  3. sedate and rational

    a sober attitude to a problem

  4. (of colours) plain and dull or subdued
  5. free from exaggeration or speculation

    he told us the sober truth


  1. usually foll by up to make or become less intoxicated, reckless, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsobering, adjective
  • ˈsoberness, noun
  • ˈsoberingly, adverb
  • ˈsoberly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • so·ber·ly adverb
  • so·ber·ness noun
  • non·so·ber adjective
  • non·so·ber·ly adverb
  • non·so·ber·ness noun
  • qua·si-so·ber adjective
  • qua·si-so·ber·ly adverb
  • un·so·ber adjective
  • un·so·ber·ly adverb
  • un·so·ber·ness noun
  • un·so·bered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sober1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English sobre, from Old French, from Latin sōbrius

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sober1

C14 sobre, from Old French, from Latin sōbrius

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Synonym Study

See grave 2.

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Example Sentences

Cruz stayed sober for a while, but when Raeann’s first birthday after the accident passed, he relapsed.

Van Halen, sober since 2008, lost one-third of his tongue to a cancer that eventually drifted into his esophagus.

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After the officers left, he got back up and asked the attendant if he could leave, since he was sober.

Some in recovery — even those clean and sober for decades — say they have doubled or tripled their recovery meeting attendance during the pandemic.

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On the other hand, use the rel values such as ugc to tag your user-generated content, and sponsored for the paid links — this will help Google make a sober assessment of your ranking.

I try to stay sober enough to maneuver back to West Hollywood.

He manages to talk one of them into a glass or two, but for the most part he remains sober.

And things seemed fine between the couple, with the crooner appearing sober and healthier-looking, with a new crew cut.

Today, however, the 36-year-old musician is sober—and even showers once in a while.

She's well spoken, educated, and sober—a far cry from the one-time face of the adult world, Jenna Jameson.

This does not seem strange when we know what a sober, serious, dignified man Yung Pak's father was.

In sober truth it might as well lay one open to the charge of being an ornithologist.

Darry Drew was one of those quiet, gentlemanly fellows, who seem rather too sober for their years.

To which Mr. Sikes replied, he was joking;as if he had been sober, there would have been strong reason to suppose he was.

That counter-blast of passion and that plain speaking from a quarter so unexpected served, in part at least, to sober him.





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