Sober (?), a. [Compar. Soberer (?); superl. Soberest.] [OE. sobre, F. sobre, from L. sobrius, probably from a prefix so- expressing separation + ebrius drunken. Cf. Ebriety.]


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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So"ber (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sobered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sobering.]

To make sober.

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


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So"ber, v. i.

To become sober; -- often with down.

Vance gradually sobered down. Ld. Lytton.


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