adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of sober
Synonyms for sober
Antonyms for sober
Related Words for soberlycalmly, solemnly, coolly, earnestly, somberly, staidly, quietly, regularly, steadily, temperately, abstemiously, sedately, seriously
Examples from the Web for soberly
Contemporary Examples of soberly
So Israelis are approaching this soberly—but most laugh off reports of celebrations from Gaza.As We Leave Our Metaphoric Bunkers
November 23, 2012
They speak slowly and soberly, the pain evident in their voices, their faces etched with despair.Sob-Story Campaign Between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Turns on Personal Pain
May 25, 2012
"If we build a stadium of change, they will come," the elephant said soberly.The Sky Is Falling
February 5, 2009
Historical Examples of soberly
"It's a long time since I have had a woman friend, Christine," he said soberly.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Very likely there's a large amount of truth in that," said Linda soberly.
"But that is exactly what I must tell you, Katy," said Linda soberly.
"You'd better save yourself a disappointment," said Linda soberly.
"Why, I dunno's there's anything in the way of it," she said, soberly.Meadow Grass
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.