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).
Ēbrius ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo-European root egwh- “to drink” (the consonant gwh regularly becomes b in Latin and ph in Greek). The Latin suffix -ri- added to egwh- yields the stem for the adjective ēbrius. In Greek, the root egwh- is prefixed by the negative particle ne-, becoming first nēgwh and then nēph-, the stem of the Greek verb nḗphein “to be sober.”
- 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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How to use sober in a sentence
Culturally, the dichotomy between sober truth and sensational fiction becomes hard to find, particularly in an era of rampant access to unverified information without context or depth of knowledge.What the QAnon of the 6th Century Teaches Us About Conspiracies | Roland Betancourt | February 3, 2021 | Time
He got sober, fell in love with his agent’s assistant, left his wife and moved into an expensive New York apartment.‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a bestseller, but its author, Walter Tevis, was hardly a one-hit wonder | Michael Dirda | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
The category is also about inclusivity—creating a space that welcomes your sober parents, your pregnant best friend, or your buddy who’s not sure if he can drink on antibiotics.Keep dry January going all year with these cutting-edge non-alcoholic cocktails | By Dan Q. Dao/Saveur | February 2, 2021 | Popular-Science
It’s also obvious that the sober financial advice most outlets periodically offer — invest in diversified index funds and then move on with your life — won’t generate the kind of audience that “Top 10 Next GameStops” will generate.
Over many decades in Washington, he has developed a reputation as a sober and serious policy wonk.Rob Portman has done more damage to America than Marjorie Taylor Greene | Max Boot | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
This, looked soberly in the face,” Lincoln understated at the time, “is not very satisfactory.A Mighty Act: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation | Harold Holzer | January 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
My informant is a veteran Republican from the West; he spoke soberly of the GOP frontrunner.House Republicans Hold Their Noses About Mitt Romney | John Batchelor | November 22, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Brooks arrived for her questioning dressed soberly in navy with a demure little heart-shaped charm dangling from a necklace.
The old ladies sat round as we examined these things, each eating soberly at her ledge and never looking round.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
He looked about, half expecting to see a priest; his eye lit on a cavalier, soberly dressed, with his hood pulled over his head.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Gilding, soberly applied, shone here and there like eyes, brightening the brown color which prevailed in this nest of love.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
She took her own path soberly home again, not across the marsh this time, but half the way by the high-road.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
They stamped and raked quite soberly for a moment, and then Isabel began to laugh again.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for sober
not given to excessive indulgence in drink or any other activity
sedate and rational: a sober attitude to a problem
(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
free from exaggeration or speculation: he told us the sober truth
(usually foll by up) to make or become less intoxicated, reckless, etc
- sobering, adjective
- soberingly, adverb
- soberly, adverb
- soberness, noun
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