sober

[ soh-ber ]
/ ˈsoʊ bər /

adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sober: (often followed by up).

QUIZZES

TAKE ROUND 2 OF OUR PSAT VOCABULARY QUIZ!

Here is our second set of teacher-selected PSAT vocabulary words. Do you know the meanings of these terms?
Question 1 of 10
advocate

Origin of sober

1300–50; Middle English sobre < Old French < Latin sōbrius

SYNONYMS FOR sober

5 somber, dull.
7 composed, collected.
8 reasonable, sound.

OTHER WORDS FROM sober

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sobers

British Dictionary definitions for sobers (1 of 2)

Sobers
/ (ˈsəʊbəz) /

noun

Sir Garfield St Auburn, known as Garry. born 1936, West Indian (Barbadian) cricketer: an all-rounder, he played in 93 test matches (1954–74), 39 as captain, scoring 8,032 runs and taking 235 wickets; first man (1968) to score six sixes in a single over in first-class cricket

British Dictionary definitions for sobers (2 of 2)

sober
/ (ˈsəʊbə) /

adjective

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

verb

(usually foll by up) to make or become less intoxicated, reckless, etc

Derived forms of sober

sobering, adjectivesoberingly, adverbsoberly, adverbsoberness, noun

Word Origin for sober

C14 sobre, from Old French, from Latin sōbrius
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012