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a grim/sobering/chilling reminder (=making you feel serious and worried or frightened)
▪ They passed the armed guard, a grim reminder of the ever-present threat of terrorism.
a sobering thought (=one that makes you feel serious)
▪ We have the power to destroy the world, which is a sobering thought.
▪ Recently his tone has become more sober and philosophical.
▪ A more sober protein doctor was the cardiologist Herman Tarnower.
▪ He was among the better educated of the early Methodist preachers and more sober than some in his attitude to supernatural phenomena.
▪ Yet somehow he stayed in range of people who could influence him toward a more sober future.
▪ The lieutenant, Jack thought, looked more sober, but in some ways even stranger.
▪ I prefer my women a little older and a damn sight more sober.
▪ We carried on in a more sober mood, each repeating his own prayers.
▪ But this euphoric rediscovery of the ley theory gave way to quieter and more sober research.
as sober as a judge
stone-cold sober
▪ It ends stone-cold sober, with thoughts of careers and family.
▪ They had drunk a great deal and the night was warm, but on a sudden they were both stone-cold sober.
▪ a sober-looking man in a grey suit
▪ a sober gray suit
▪ He's a sober, thoughtful, intelligent guy.
▪ I'll drive you home - I think I'm the only one here that's sober.
▪ I don't think I've ever seen Bill sober.
▪ I went to see Professor Dandavate, a sober and respected academic.
▪ Was Garcia sober when he drove off?
▪ Hallucinations and dreams are to be discriminated from sober waking experience.
▪ He had not retired to bed sober, but then he rarely, if ever, did.
▪ I hadn't been sober and I'd quite fancied my chances with one of the birds.
▪ Now, seeing the sober blue gleam from the Police Station she went in.
▪ Recently his tone has become more sober and philosophical.
▪ They'd gone from legless to stone cold sober in nothing flat.
▪ This fact is the basis for the one-drink-an-hour rule of thumb for remaining sober.
▪ Parts of the county are still sobering up from the unprecedented celebrations.
▪ The deputies must process men in all these conditions, seeing them through as they sober up.
▪ The next day, when he had sobered up, she insisted on playing it back to him.
▪ But they sobered up, became responsible, democratic adults.
▪ If they jump for joy today hold off until they sober up again.
▪ They tried to get her to sober up by offering some coffee and food.
▪ Sir Richard Springall had sobered up surprisingly quickly.
▪ House Speaker Newt Gingrich is trying to sober up his party on environmental issues.
▪ But they sobered up, became responsible, democratic adults.
▪ Even the hardest of the men there was sobered by her outburst.
▪ There was a long silence, both of them sobered by the knowledge that casualties were likely.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sober \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.


Sober \So"ber\, v. i. To become sober; -- often with down.

Vance gradually sobered down.
--Ld. Lytton.


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

  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.

  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?

    See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby.

    Twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad.

    Syn: Grave; temperate; abstinent; abstemious; moderate; regular; steady; calm; quiet; cool; collected; dispassionate; unimpassioned; sedate; staid; serious; solemn; somber. See Grave.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since 1847 often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.


mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.

  1. 1 not drunk; not intoxicated 2 not given to excessive drinking of alcohol 3 moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled 4 dull; not bright or colorful 5 subdued; solemn; grave v

  2. 1 (''often with'' '''up''') To make or become sober. 2 (''often with'' '''up''') To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.

  1. v. 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]

  1. adj. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol) [ant: intoxicated]

  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, sedate, solemn]

  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] [ant: playful]


Šober is a dispersed settlement in the hills northwest of Maribor in northeastern Slovenia. It belongs to the City Municipality of Maribor.

The local church, built on a hill above the settlement, is a landmark visible from afar. It is dedicated to Saint Urban and was built in the 16th century. Between 1784 and 1855 it was abandoned, and was then restored in 1860.

Sober (Tool song)

Sober is a song by US rock band, Tool. The song was released as the debut single from their second album, Undertow.

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has stated in an interview that the song is about a friend of the band whose artistic expression only comes out when he is under the influence. "A lot of people give him shit for that," Jones explains. "If you become addicted and a junkie, well, that's your fault."


Sôber is an alternative rock band from Madrid, Spain, formed in 1994. Founded when Carlos Escobedo posted an advertisement in a local guitar store and was then contacted by Antonio Bernardini to start Sober Stoned. The band's line-up has primarily consisted of vocalist/ bassist Carlos Escobedo, guitarists Jorge Escobedo and Antonio Bernardini, while going through a number of drummers. In 2002, with Alberto Madrid as drummer, the band released Paradÿsso. The album sold more than 100,000 copies. In 2004 they released Reddo, which sold more than 50,000 copies.

On 1 January 2010, the band announced their reunion with Manu Reyes as drummer.

Sober (worm)

The Sober worm is a family of computer worms that was discovered on October 24, 2003. Like many worms, Sober sends itself as an e-mail attachment.

The Sober worms must be unpacked and run by the user. Upon execution, Sober copies itself to one of several files in the Windows directory, depending on the variant. It then adds appropriate keys to the Windows registry, along with a few empty files in the Windows directory. These empty files are used to deactivate previous Sober variants.

Sober is written in Visual Basic and only runs on the Microsoft Windows platform.

Sober (Kelly Clarkson song)

"Sober" is a song recorded by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson taken from her third studio album, My December (2007). The song served as the album's second single on July 10, 2007 through 19 Recordings and RCA Records. Clarkson wrote it after her friend Calamity McEntire, who receives a songwriting credit, gave her the line "pick her weeds and keep the flowers", with additional writing by Aben Eubanks and Jimmy Messer, production by David Kahne, and co-production by Messer and Jason Halbert. "Sober" is an alternative rock song, with lyrics that use addiction as a metaphor for a relationship, evolving around the line "Three months and I'm still sober".

Upon its release, "Sober" was met with positive reviews from music critics, who considered it to be the musical highlight of My December. Clarkson's vocal performance and song's production received particular praise. Commercially, "Sober" failed to make an impact, charting at number 93 on Billboards Pop 100 component chart, based on airplay on mainstream top 40 radio stations and digital downloads, and at number 10 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. No accompanying music video was recorded for the song; however, Clarkson promoted it through several live appearances, including at Live Earth and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Sober (Jennifer Paige song)

"Sober" is a song written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and recorded by American singer Jennifer Paige. It was released in February 1999 as the second single released from her debut studio album Jennifer Paige. It failed to chart in her native United States, however, it managed to enter UK Top 75, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, where it became a minor hit.

Sober (Little Big Town song)

"Sober" is a song recorded by American country music group Little Big Town. It was released on September 30, 2013 as the fourth single from their fifth studio album, Tornado. The song was written by Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna.

Sober (Childish Gambino song)

"Sober" is the first single by American recording artist Childish Gambino from his EP Kauai.

Sober (Pink song)

"Sober" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Pink, taken from her fifth studio album, Funhouse (2008). It was written by Pink and Kara DioGuardi, with additional writing by Nate "Danja" Hills and Marcella Araica, while production was done by Danja, Tony Kanal and Jimmy Harry. The song was released as the album's second single on October 31, 2008, firstly through digital download and later was added to U.S. radio stations on December 1, 2008. The power pop song talks about the quiet sense of comfort in being sober, with the singer claiming it was about the vices that we choose.

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who commended the track for being a heartfelt track, with some praising its lyrical content. However, few critics dismissed the track, calling it "more of the same" from her previous music. Furthermore, the song received a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2010. Commercially, "Sober" attained success on the charts, reaching the top-ten in over thirteen countries, while reaching the top-twenty in the U.S., as well as the top of Billboards Adult Top 40 chart. A music video for the track was directed by Jonas Akerlund and it finds Pink at a party with her doppelgänger."

Sober (Loreen song)

"Sober" is a song performed by Swedish pop singer and music producer Loreen. It was released as a digital download on 12 September 2011 in Sweden. The song has peaked to number 26 on the Swedish Singles Chart six months later due to her victory at Melodifestivalen 2012 with Euphoria. A remixed version of the song was included on Loreen's debut album Heal (2012).

Album remix version received favorable reviews. claimed that the singles (including this song) don’t ever "dip below being a 9.5 out of 10 moment." Higher Plain Music wrote positively claiming that it "returns to the catchy low-key whispery verse / vocal display chorus over earlier tracks" but that is more stop/start to make big distinctions" comparing to other songs in album. EscXtra praised the production : "this mix has given added strength to this track so it would fit with the whole album." However the same critic criticized the vocal editing: "the effect of her voice delivering the lyrics is a little compromised compared to how it used to sound. I would have liked to have had the original cut of “Sober” as a bonus track at the end."

Sober (Big Bang song)

"Sober" is a single recorded by South Korean group Big Bang. It was released digitally on July 1, 2015 by YG Entertainment, as the sixth single from MADE Series, and the second from D.

Usage examples of "sober".

Their serious and sequestered life, averse to the gay luxury of the age, inured them to chastity, temperance, economy, and all the sober and domestic virtues.

It flailed and bawled and could not rise from its burden, and it remained a sobering example of a misstep until they could make the long descent and deal with it.

Armed by now, the shouting prisoners hurled themselves on the English who, falling back before the sobers, gun rammers, muskets and belaying pins wielded by these mud-caked figures, were pressed into a mob so dense as almost to prevent the use of weapons.

The international press corps did not come all the way to the Winter Olympics to watch the biathlon sober.

If his eyes are not too bleared to see me, I fancy the sight of me will sober him.

It was a blinder, but at least, now sober, he could no longer hear the voice of a certain Larry.

One of the surprising things always was the sense of calm and utter silence, broken only by the test rounds fired from the machine guns, by an occasional toneless, terse remark over the intercom, and, at last, by the sobering pronouncement of the bombardier in each plane that they were at the I.

In a snug corner might be seen a party of sober, quiet-looking gentlemen, taking their lobster and bucellas, whose first appearance would impress you with the belief of their respectability, but whom, upon inquiry, you would discover to be Greek banditti, retired hither to divide their ill gotten spoils.

You look very much like Uncle Cesse, or will, when you grow older and less sober.

After two sober nights, I inquired if there was anything to drink on board and Chi promised to buy a bottle of whisky from the sailors.

A long, coggly, cracked slate-stone, whose unsteady clatter would make the soberest steed jump over the moon.

Her voice was sober and clear, perfectly audible to Dacre who, contrary to appearances, was not asleep.

Black trailed off, then his voice deepened with Daniels determination, and his quixotic face sobered.

She ignored them and ignored too the dominie and his deacons, who were very much in evidence as they moved about, trying by their sobering presence to bring order to the sweating multitudes.

Harknesses were shot at the plough, through their lamp-lit cabin windows, coming from camp-meeting, asleep, in duello, sober and otherwise, singly and in family groups, prepared and unprepared.