• Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
    Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sober lacking brightness or color; dull "drab faded curtains","sober Puritan grey","children in somber brown clothes"
    • adj sober not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
    • adj sober 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"
    • adj sober completely lacking in playfulness
    • v sober become sober after excessive alcohol consumption "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"
    • v sober become more realistic "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"
    • v sober cause to become sober "A sobering thought"
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When you are perfectly sober When you are perfectly sober

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
    • Sober Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober .
    • 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."
    • Sober Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
    • Sober Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate. "What parts gay France from sober Spain?""See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby.""Twilight gray
      Had in her sober livery all things clad."
    • Sober 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."
    • v. i Sober To become sober; -- often with down. "Vance gradually sobered down."
    • v. t Sober To make sober. "Sad accidents to ensober his spirits.""There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
      And drinking largely sobers us again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sober Free from the influence of intoxicating liquors; not drunk; unintoxicated.
    • sober Habitually temperate in the use of liquor; not given to the use of strong or much drink.
    • sober Temperate in general character or habit; free from excess; avoiding extremes; moderate.
    • sober Guided or tempered by reason; rational; sensible; sane; sound; dispassionate; commonplace.
    • sober Free from violence or tumult: serene; calm; tranquil; self-controlled.
    • sober Modest; demure; sedate; staid; dignified; serious; grave; solemn.
    • sober Plain or simple in color; somber; dull.
    • sober Little; small; mean; poor; weak.
    • sober = Syn. 3–5. Cool, collected, unimpassioned, steady, staid, somber. Sober differs from the words compared under grave in expressing the absence of exhilaration or excitement, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, whether beneficial or harmful.
    • sober To make sober; free from intoxication.
    • sober To mitigate; assuage; soften; restrain.
    • sober To make serious, grave, or sad: often followed by down.
    • sober To become sober, in any sense of the word. Especially— To recover from intoxication: generally with up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sober sō′bėr not wild or passionate: self-possessed: sedate: grave: calm: regular: simple in colour, sombre: not drunk: temperate, esp. in the use of liquors:
    • v.t Sober to make sober: to free from intoxication
    • adj Sober sō′bėr (Scot.) poor, feeble
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.”
  • Tom Lehrer
    Tom Lehrer
    “It is a sobering thought, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years.”
  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sobre, F. sobre, from L. sobrius, probably from a prefix so-, expressing separation + ebrius, drunken. Cf. Ebriety
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sobre—L. sobriusse, apart, not, ebrius, drunk.


In literature:

He drank the autumn like wine; he was tipsy with it; and his loving her didn't tend to sober him.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
The world never holds very much romance in the sober morning.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
A moment before he had been hopelessly drunk: now, he was sober.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
Maillot, in a sober manner, presented me.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
He was sober even to abstinence; and was guided in all his transactions by correct Christian principles.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Only Travis, Charley Biggers and Jud remained sober enough to talk.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
I see Col. Sober here; can't you tell us about your experience in managing the blight?
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
He sobered abruptly, as once before Keeko had sobered him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Every one who is human and in their sober senses must do that.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Alice had been very sober ever since the wedding.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie

In poetry:

Come Thou! and now, anew,
To thought and deed
Give sober speed,
Thy will to know, and do.
"Come Thou" by Mary Baker Eddy
I knew that the balmy gladness
Was brooding from sea to sea,
But I felt a note of sadness
That sobered my youthful glee,
The love of my mother Erin
Stirred all my heart in me
"My Own Green Land" by Nora Pembroke
The girls 'ad stout at ten mile out,
An' we was drinkin' beer.
I swear they lies like 'ell who ses
That we was on our ear!
For, or we was both, I take me oath,
As sober as me here.
"The Joy Ride" by C J Dennis
Then visions of pleasure shall float on our sight,
While light bounding our spirits shall flow;
And the god shall impart a fine sense of delight,
Which in vain, sober mortals would know."
"Song" by Ann Radcliffe
THE sun declines; his parting ray
Shall bear the cheerful light away,
And on the landscape close:
Then will I seek the lonely vale,
Where sober ev'ning's primrose pale,
To greet the night-star, blows.
"Address To The Evening Primrose" by Joanna Baillie
And then at eve, when silence reigns,
Except when heard the beetle's hum,
We'll leave the sober tinted plains,
To these sweet heights again we'll come;
And thou to thy soft lute shalt play
A solemn vesper to departing day.
"A Pastoral Song" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Cost is $1, and doors open at 9 a.m. Enterprise High School will hold a bazaar for its Sober Grad program at 3411 Churn Creek Road from 10 am until 4 p.m.
Sober Texts of the Week.
Sobering hopes to foster a love for the sport by starting the first curling club in Billings.
Smashed' offers sobering view of alcoholism.
Designate a Sober Driver.
The "Twilight" star has been calling his cheating girlfriend Kristen Stewart — and not always in a sober moment, according to In Touch magazine.
Salt Lake City police have a warning for holiday partiers: find a sober driver or a taxi after the festivities, or you may end up a guest at the gray-bar hotel.
"But wherever we go, driving sober must be part of the plan.".
Drive Sober campaign shows good results.
A Florida Department of Transportation press release says officers "will be aggressively looking" for drunk drivers during the " Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdowns.
When he decided to get sober, he was faced with expensive rehab.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is teaming with police to spread the word to drive sober.
NHL lockout has sobering effect on Molson sales.
THE PROBLEM of underfunded city schools, soberly addressed in "Won't Back Down,".
The Duluth Police department wants to remind you that you don't have to have yourself a merry little time in jail if you plan ahead for a sober ride.

In science:

This is an important and sobering conclusion.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
If X has enough points, then we can identify this locale with the lattice of open subsets of a sober topological space X (recall that a topological space X is said to be sober if every irreducible subset of X has a unique generic point).
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Let LTop′ denote the ful l subcategory of LTop spanned by those 0-localic ∞Proposition 2.5.14. topoi with enough points, and let Topsob denote the category of sober topological spaces and continuous maps.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Let RingSpacek denote the ordinary category of pairs (X, OX ), where X is a sober topological space and OX is a sheaf of commutative k-algebras on X .
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
However, after a few years, almost all practitioners had a much more sober assessment of the challenges that remain.
The Early History of String Theory and Supersymmetry