- not intoxicated or drunk.
- habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.
- quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
- marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.: a sober occasion.
- subdued in tone, as color; not colorful or showy, as clothes.
- free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration: sober facts.
- showing self-control: sober restraint.
- sane or rational: a sober solution to the problem.
- to make or become sober: (often followed by up).
Origin of sober
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Examples from the Web for 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
He was sobered at leaving her, but he never thought of not going with the rest.Southern Lights and Shadows
After some moments, however, Charlie sobered and choked back a final gurgle.The Law-Breakers
Jean, sobered by the terrible shock, looked at him with wild eyes.The Downfall
Then he sobered, for her inhumanity to Esther seemed to him incredible.The Prisoner
For once the tongues of the hillsfolk were sobered into silence.Once to Every Man
- 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
- (usually foll by up) to make or become less intoxicated, reckless, etc
Word Origin and History for sobered
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.