from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic liquors or drugs; temperate.
- adj. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of drugs.
- adj. Plain or subdued: sober attire.
- adj. Devoid of frivolity, excess, exaggeration, or speculative imagination; straightforward: gave a sober assessment of the situation.
- adj. Marked by seriousness, gravity, or solemnity of conduct or character. See Synonyms at serious.
- adj. Marked by circumspection and self-restraint.
- transitive v. To make or become sober.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not drunk; not intoxicated
- adj. not given to excessive drinking of alcohol;
- adj. in character; moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled
- adj. dull; not bright or colorful;
- v. To make or become sober.
- v. To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate.
- adj. Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors.
- adj. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self-controlled; self-possessed.
- adj. Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm
- adj. Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate.
- transitive v. To make sober.
- intransitive v. To become sober; -- often with down.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Free from the influence of intoxicating liquors; not drunk; unintoxicated.
- Habitually temperate in the use of liquor; not given to the use of strong or much drink.
- Temperate in general character or habit; free from excess; avoiding extremes; moderate.
- Guided or tempered by reason; rational; sensible; sane; sound; dispassionate; commonplace.
- Free from violence or tumult: serene; calm; tranquil; self-controlled.
- Modest; demure; sedate; staid; dignified; serious; grave; solemn.
- Plain or simple in color; somber; dull.
- Little; small; mean; poor; weak.
- = Syn. 3–5. Cool, collected, unimpassioned, steady, staid, somber. Sober differs from the words compared under grave in expressing the absence of exhilaration or excitement, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, whether beneficial or harmful.
- To make sober; free from intoxication.
- To mitigate; assuage; soften; restrain.
- To make serious, grave, or sad: often followed by down.
- To become sober, in any sense of the word.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. completely lacking in playfulness
- v. become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
- v. cause to become sober
- v. become more realistic
- adj. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
- adj. lacking brightness or color; dull
- adj. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
Middle English, from Old French sobre, from Latin sōbrius; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French sobre, from Latin sōbrius ("without wine"), from se- ("without") + ebrius ("intoxicated"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)