Sober meaning

sōbər
Characterized by reason, sanity, or self-control; showing mental and emotional balance.
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Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly.

Gave a sober assessment of the situation.

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Serious or staid in character or conduct.

Sober people refrained from making a judgment until all the facts came out.

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Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
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Serious, solemn, grave, or sedate.
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Not bright, garish, or flashy; quiet; plain.
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Temperate in any way; not extreme or extravagant.
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Not exaggerated or distorted.

The sober truth.

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Not drunk.
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Temperate or sparing in the use of alcoholic liquor.
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To make or become sober.
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Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
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Plain or subdued, as in decoration.

Sober attire.

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To make or become sober.
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Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants.

A former addict who has been sober for 10 years.

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Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants.

A former addict who has been sober for 10 years.

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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.

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Not given to excessive drinking of alcohol.
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Subdued; solemn; grave.
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(often with up) To make or become sober.
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(often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.

It took him hours to sober up.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
sober
Comparative:
soberer
Superlative:
soberest

Origin of sober

  • Middle English temperate, not inebriated from Old French sobre from Latin sōbrius s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French sobre, from Latin sōbrius (“without wine"), from se- (“without") + ebrius (“intoxicated"), of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary