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sober
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3 meanings
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1  —as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
Definition not under the influence of alcohol
  • She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I'm worried about her. I seldom see her sober and without a hangover.
  • sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • I don't want to be with anyone who can't have fun when they're sober.
  • Her expression was sober.
  • I have been sober for almost two years.
  • and how long will yuh stay sober now?
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • In the middle of a crazy and drunk life, you have to hang on to the good and sober moments tightly.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • When I'm sober, I'm able to control my urges.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • He turns in his seat to look at us and explains, "They're just doing one of those sobriety checks."
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • sobriety = the state of not being under the influence of alcohol
  • I've never been this sober around people this wasted, and I say a brief prayer that I'm not half as annoying as they are when I'm drunk.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
sober = not under the influence of alcohol

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2  —as in:
a sobering thought
Definition serious; or making one serious or calm
  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
sobering = making one serious about an issue
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...
  • sober = serious
  • When he turned round to me, his face was sober.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • sober = serious
  • "Save them and they'll kill you," he said soberly.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • soberly = seriously
  • Her associates said little but looked sober and occasionally made important-looking notations on the yellow legal pads that lawyers never seemed to tire of.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • sober = serious
  • He sat on the side of Jem's bed, looked at us soberly, then he grinned.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • soberly = in a serious manner
  • "Well, he's very sober and industrious," said Nancy, trying to view the matter as cheerfully as possible.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • sober = serious
  • Napoleon Letsitsi, was a young man of sober habits and good conduct,
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • sober = serious (not reckless or thoughtless)
  • I was trying to jolly her but Star doesn't jolly. She answered in sober earnest.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • sober = serious
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
sober = serious

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3  —as in:
I need to sober up.
Definition to become less drunk
  • Coffee doesn't really help one to sober up; though it does help fight sleepiness.
sober up = become less drunk
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Talk to me after you sober up.
  • sober up = become less drunk (or get completely past drunkenness)
  • After we sobered up a bit with coffee and Mini Thins, Patrick drove me home.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • sobered up = became less drunk
  • I needed to sober up a little, so I walked.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • sober up = become less drunk
  • It was the general opinion of Maycomb, however, that Mrs. Merriweather had sobered him up and made a reasonably useful citizen of him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • sobered = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
  • But secretly I'm wondering if Haymitch sobered up long enough to help Peeta and me because he thought we just might have the wits to survive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • sobered up = stopped being drunk
  • He sobered up afterward... .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • sobered up = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
  • I feel like I'm sobering up after drinking all night.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • sobering up = becoming less drunk (or getting completely past drunkenness)
  • He sobered up a little when we began to clip off the small yellow weeds choking the roses.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • sobered up = became less drunk
  • But you sure didn't get drunk at Fort Carthage and then walk all this way without sobering up.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
sobering up = becoming less drunk

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Less commonly:
More rarely, sober can refer to one who is rational rather than under the influence of extreme emotion. Also more rarely, it can reference that which is practical rather than fanciful -- such as "a more sober plan."
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