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1. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol) .
2. completely lacking in playfulness.


3. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises.
  • "As sober as a judge."
4. lacking brightness or color; dull.
  • "Sober Puritan grey."

--verb (verb: sober; 3rd person present: sobers; past tense: sobered; past participle: sobered; gerund or present participle: sobering)

5. to cause to become sober.
  • "A sobering thought."
6. to become more realistic.
  • "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up."
7. to become sober after excessive alcohol consumption.
  • "Keep him in bed until he sobers up."
1340, from Old French sobre, from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate," from se- "without" + ebrius "drunk."