Definition of Sober

1. Verb. Cause to become sober. "The performance is likely to sober Sue"; "A sobering thought"

Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

2. Adjective. Not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol).

3. Verb. Become more realistic. "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"
Exact synonyms: Sober Up
Generic synonyms: Become, Get, Go

4. Adjective. Dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises. "The judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
Exact synonyms: Grave, Sedate, Solemn
Similar to: Serious
Derivative terms: Graveness, Gravity, Sedateness, Soberness, Solemness, Solemnity, Solemnity

5. Verb. Become sober after excessive alcohol consumption. "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"
Exact synonyms: Sober Up
Generic synonyms: Become, Get, Go
Entails: Booze, Drink, Fuddle

6. Adjective. Lacking brightness or color; dull. "Children in somber brown clothes"
Exact synonyms: Drab, Somber, Sombre
Similar to: Colorless, Colourless
Derivative terms: Somberness, Sombreness

7. Adjective. Completely lacking in playfulness.
Exact synonyms: Serious, Unplayful
Attributes: Fun, Playfulness
Derivative terms: Seriousness, Soberness
Antonyms: Playful

Definition of Sober

1. a. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man.

2. v. t. To make sober.

3. v. i. To become sober; -- often with down.

Definition of Sober

1. Adjective. not drunk; not intoxicated ¹

2. Adjective. not given to excessive drinking of alcohol; ¹

3. Adjective. in character; moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled ¹

4. Adjective. dull; not bright or colorful; ¹

5. Verb. (''often with'' '''up''') To make or become sober. ¹

6. Verb. (''often with'' '''up''') To overcome or lose a state of intoxication. ¹

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Definition of Sober

1. having control of one's faculties [adj SOBERER, SOBEREST] / to make sober [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sober

Medical Definition of Sober

1. 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." "No sober man would put himself into danger for the applause of escaping without breaking his neck." (Dryden) 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 colour; 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) Synonym: Grave, temperate, abstinent, abstemious, moderate, regular, steady, calm, quiet, cool, collected, dispassionate, unimpassioned, sedate, staid, serious, solemn, somber. See Grave. Origin: OE. Sobre, F. Sobre, from L. Sobrius, probably from a prefix so- expressing separation + ebrius drunken. Cf. Ebriety. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sober

sob sister
sob stories
sob story
sob stuff
sober (current term)
sober as a judge
sober up
sobered up
sobering up

Literary usage of Sober

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of by Robert M. Hartley, American Bible Society, Wightman family (1875)
"9 Of the servants, and in generat BUT speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, ..."

2. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"so shall you put gladness into your mother's heart, and obtain praise of all that are sober-minded. So they thanked the Porter, and departed. ..."

3. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 18 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to ..."

4. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"... love you—even if I were every thing to you—I shall most likely always be very poor—on a sober calculation, one can count on nothing but a creeping lot. ..."

5. The Colloquies of Erasmus by Desiderius Erasmus, Edwin Johnson (1878)
"The sober FEAST. The ARGUMENT. ... sober Feast produces Symbols (Motto s. Devices) learned Arguments, and other curious Things. The Patience of Phocion. ..."

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