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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.


a. (en-superlative of: sober)

Usage examples of "soberest".

Stephen, looking at the bare, formal arrangement of a large table set across, with some chairs and benches facing it, the walls clothed in the soberest linenfold oak: no pictures.