- 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.
sober definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English sobre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin sobrius ; from so(d)-, variant, variety of se(d)-, without plush ebrius, drunk
sober definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective so·ber·er, so·ber·est
- Habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic liquors or drugs; temperate.
- Not intoxicated or affected by the use of drugs.
- Plain or subdued: sober attire.
- Devoid of frivolity, excess, exaggeration, or speculative imagination; straightforward: gave a sober assessment of the situation.
- Marked by seriousness, gravity, or solemnity of conduct or character. See Synonyms at serious.
- Marked by circumspection and self-restraint.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French sobre, from Latin sōbrius; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
- soˈber·ly adverb
- soˈber·ness noun