- The definition of sober is not intoxicated or subdued in personality or color.
- An example of sober is a person with a blood alcohol level of .0.
- An example of sober is a person who always seems to have self-control of their feelings regardless of the situation.
- temperate or sparing in the use of alcoholic liquor
- not drunk
- temperate in any way; not extreme or extravagant
- serious, solemn, grave, or sedate
- not bright, garish, or flashy; quiet; plain: said of color, clothes, etc.
- not exaggerated or distorted: the sober truth
- characterized by reason, sanity, or self-control; showing mental and emotional balance
Origin of soberMiddle English sobre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin sobrius ; from so(d)-, variant, variety of se(d)-, without + ebrius, drunk
- Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants: a former addict who has been sober for 10 years.
- Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly: gave a sober assessment of the situation.
- Serious or staid in character or conduct: Sober people refrained from making a judgment until all the facts came out. See Synonyms at serious.
- Plain or subdued, as in decoration: sober attire.
tr. & intr.v.so·bered, so·ber·ing, so·bers
Origin of soberMiddle English, temperate, not inebriated, from Old French sobre, from Latin sōbrius; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative soberer, superlative soberest)
- (not drunk): drunk
- sober as a judge
(third-person singular simple present sobers, present participle sobering, simple past and past participle sobered)