Definitions for: Sober

[adj] lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan gray"; "children in somber brown clothes"
[adj] not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
[adj] dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
[adj] completely lacking in playfulness
[v] become sober after excessive alcohol consumption; "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"
[v] become more realistic; "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"
[v] cause to become sober; "A sobering thought"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sober, a. [Compar. Soberer; superl. Soberest.] [OE.
sobre, F. sobre, from L. sobrius, probably from a prefix so-
expressing separation + ebrius drunken. Cf. Ebriety.]
1. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually
temperate; as, a sober man.

That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and
sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name. --Bk. of
Com. Prayer.

2. Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the
sot may at times be sober.

3. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with
passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason;
self-controlled; self-possessed.

There was not a sober person to be had; all was
tempestuous and blustering. --Druden.

No sober man would put himself into danger for the
applause of escaping without breaking his neck.

4. Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as,
sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.

5. Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or
color; solemn; grave; sedate.

What parts gay France from sober Spain? --Prior.

See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed
baby. --Pope.

Twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things
clad. --Milton.

Syn: Grave; temperate; abstinent; abstemious; moderate;
regular; steady; calm; quiet; cool; collected;
dispassionate; unimpassioned; sedate; staid; serious;
solemn; somber. See Grave.

So"ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sobered; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make sober.

There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And
drinking largely sobers us again. --Pope.

So"ber, v. i.
To become sober; -- often with down.

Vance gradually sobered down. --Ld. Lytton.

Synonyms: cold sober, colorless, colourless, drab, dry, grave, sedate, serious, sober up, solemn, somber, sombre, stone-sober, teetotal, uninebriated, unintoxicated, unplayful

Antonyms: drunk, inebriated, intoxicated, playful

See Also: alter, become, booze, change, drink, fuddle, get, go

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