adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- sob sister,
- sob story,
- sob stuff,
- sober as a judge,
Origin of sober
Examples from the Web for soberly
So Israelis are approaching this soberly—but most laugh off reports of celebrations from Gaza.
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|Howard Kurtz|May 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"If we build a stadium of change, they will come," the elephant said soberly.
"I used my own money, but it was almost the last dollar I had," said our hero, soberly.From Farm to Fortune|Horatio Alger Jr.
Soberly, Prince drew the new red sled and his little mistress along the road towards Miss Amandas.Carolyn of the Corners|Ruth Belmore Endicott
"We shouldn't be human if we didn't feel that way," said Betty soberly.The Outdoor Girls at the Hostess House|Laura Lee Hope
The rough shirt-sleeved ranchman had developed, during the last four months, into an equally blunt but soberly dressed proprietor.
"That is a very interesting idea," she said soberly as she shifted to starboard.The Bachelors|William Dana Orcutt
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.