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 sobersdim, mitigate, dampen, temper, restrain, soften, modulate, cloud, darken, deepen, reduce, shade, sober, soft-pedal, subdue
Examples from the Web for sobers
Contemporary Examples of sobers
Liz hides in a closet and then locks Burton in a cabin until he sobers up.‘Liz & Dick’: 8 Crazy Scenes from Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor Biopic
June 14, 2012
Historical Examples of sobers
This fever will cure him, they say it sobers like bloodletting.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
They often come for a warm soda in the morning, it sobers them.'I Believe' and other essays
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
We have our sobers and our drunks, our Hardy and our Belloc, and Chesterton.
We'll beat it right off, an' I hope to gosh Joe sobers up on the way!The Professor's Mystery
I can hardly believe it, but we'll see what can be got from the man when he sobers up.Trumpeter Fred
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.