adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of sober
Synonyms for sober
Antonyms for sober
Examples from the Web for sobered
Contemporary Examples of sobered
He has sobered up and moved upstate, but his work is still as edgy and provocative as ever.Art’s Bad Boy Dan Colen Is All Grown Up
May 12, 2014
Hirst may be laughing all the way to the bank, but his art leaves the rest of us sobered.Damien Hirst: One of Today’s 10 Most Important Artists
June 5, 2011
Historical Examples of sobered
Years have sobered thee strangely, and made thee obese and Primmins-like.
It had sobered him and made him feel old, as Vesta Philbrook had said fighting made a person feel.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
That laughing set us all still more at our ease, and by the time we had sobered down, Hoskins appeared to announce tea.The House That Grew
That look of the primitive woman which had made her strange, had softened and sobered.Angel Island
Inez Haynes Gillmore
This sobered the company at once, as it well might, and Rose was in despair.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly
Word Origin for sober
mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.
late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since late 19c. often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.