Sober a. [Compar. Soberer superl. Soberest.]
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 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.
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. Sobering.] 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.
adj 1: not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
2: 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" [syn: grave,
3: lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains";
"sober Puritan gray"; "children in somber brown clothes"
[syn: drab, somber, sombre]
4: completely lacking in playfulness [syn: unplayful, serious]
v 1: cause to become sober; "A sobering thought"
2: become more realistic; "After thinking about the potential
consequences of his plan, he sobered up" [syn: sober up]
3: become sober after excessive alcohol consumption; "Keep him
in bed until he sobers up" [syn: sober up]