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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [soh-ber]
    • /ˈsoʊ bər/
    • /ˈsəʊ.bər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [soh-ber]
    • /ˈsoʊ bər/

Definitions of sober word

  • adjective sober not intoxicated or drunk. 1
  • adjective sober habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor. 1
  • adjective sober quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons. 1
  • adjective sober marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.: a sober occasion. 1
  • adjective sober subdued in tone, as color; not colorful or showy, as clothes. 1
  • adjective sober free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration: sober facts. 1

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Origin of sober

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English sobre < Old French < Latin sōbrius

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Parts of speech for Sober


sober popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sober

adj sober

  • abstemious — Someone who is abstemious avoids doing too much of something enjoyable such as eating or drinking.
  • abstentious — an act or instance of abstaining.
  • abstinent — forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence.
  • all there — having his or her wits about him or her; of normal intelligence
  • at ease — If you are at ease, you are feeling confident and relaxed, and are able to talk to people without feeling nervous or anxious. If you put someone at their ease, you make them feel at ease.

adjective sober

  • abnegating — Present participle of abnegate.
  • abstaining — to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat.
  • coldblooded — having a body temperature that fluctuates, approximating that of the surrounding air, land, or water
  • emphatic — Showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly.
  • eschewing — Present participle of eschew.

Antonyms for sober

adj sober

  • altitudinous — pertaining to altitude or height
  • befuddled — confused, muddled, perplexed
  • blind drunk — So intoxicated as to appear to have difficulty seeing.
  • boffo — very good; highly successful
  • bombed — under the influence of alcohol or drugs (esp in the phrase bombed out of one's mind or skull)

adjective sober

  • euphoric — Characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.
  • fuddled — Confused or stupefied, especially as a result of drinking alcohol.
  • gelastic — Pertaining to laughter, used in laughing, or to be the subject of laughter.
  • juiced — intoxicated from alcohol; drunk: When arrested he was definitely juiced.
  • junked — Simple past tense and past participle of junk.

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