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Definitions of sober

  1. lacking brightness or color; dull; " drab faded curtains"; " sober Puritan gray"; " children in somber brown clothes"
  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"
  3. cause to become sober; " A sobering thought"
  4. not affected by a chemical substance ( especially alcohol)
  5. become more realistic; " After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"
  6. To make sober.
  7. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man.
  8. Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober.
  9. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self- controlled; self- possessed.
  10. Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
  11. Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate.
  12. To become sober; -- often with down.
  13. Temperate by habit, especially in the use of intoxicating liquors; not under the influence of liquor; self- possessed; calm; steady; sedate; solemn; grave.
  14. To recover from drunkenness: to make or become steady or calm.
  15. Soberly.
  16. Soberness.
  17. To make sober: to free from intoxication.
  18. Soberness, sobriety.
  19. Temperate; grave; sedate; not drunk.
  20. To make or become sober; render grave or thoughtful.
  21. Possessing properly controlled faculties.
  22. Grave; sedate.
  23. Not drunk.
  24. Not drunk; temperate; specially in the use of spirituous liquors; not excited or heated with passion; calm; grave; serious.
  25. To become sober.
  26. Temperate; not under the influence of strong drink; possessing habits of temperance; right in mind; not visionary or heated with passion; grave; serious.
  27. To free from intoxication; to become sober; to bring to a right frame of mind.

Usage examples for sober

  1. All I want you to be is sober." – The Miller Of Old Church by Ellen Glasgow
  2. The sober men and women in the Gilchrist home drifted about nervously. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  3. " I can hardly tell you in sober words," she replied. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  4. If you always thus judge of things by your fancy, how this sober world will deceive you, poor Helen!" – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. " He don't keep sober long enough to give us any trouble," Dumble declared. – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. I feel sure that after he is perfectly sober I can give him such a talking- to as will put a stop to this trouble. – The Deserter by Charles King
  7. " You miserable creature," she began, " are you sober now?" – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  8. She thought: " Is he not sober yet?" – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  9. No, I speak in sober earnest. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  10. " Hold on; don't let's get too far along before we get started; I'm not saying it now," was the sober protest. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  11. Fellow- citizens, we have all sober and important duties to perform. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  12. And as for wine- few of them went to bed sober from one week's end to another. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  13. A. Yes, I did; but his friend said that the sleep and the shaking of the cab would sober him a bit by the time I got to the Junction. – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  14. He has not been what he should, but this marriage will sober and save him. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  15. He looked at me closely, with a sober gentleness that became him well, and that he did not often use. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  16. " How sober you look. – Thankful Rest by Annie S. Swan
  17. Don't look so plumb sober. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  18. He broke my nose, but afterwards, when I was sober- and he stopped. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  19. And then he was quickly sober- faced again. – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  20. I wish you would not think that all sensible, sober things bother me. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
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