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Synonyms for sober
ˈsoʊ bər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sober(adj)

    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

    serious, sombre, drab, grave, sedate, unplayful, somber, solemn

    frivolous, sottish, colorful, orgiastic, hopped-up, colourful, potty, mellow, soused, pissed, tipsy, bibulous, stiff, wet, sloshed, inebriated, stoned, blotto, drunk, soaked, narcotized, bacchanalian, beery, pixilated, crocked, sozzled, loaded, besotted, bacchic, drugged, intoxicated, bacchanal, carousing, slopped, cockeyed, fuddled, drunken, smashed, boozy, plastered, tight, tiddly, squiffy, blind drunk, half-seas-over, pie-eyed, high, doped, narcotised

  2. grave, sedate, sober, solemn(adj)

    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"

    severe, serious, somber, earnest, sincere, dangerous, staid, unplayful, weighty, grave, grievous, drab, sedate, life-threatening, solemn, heavy, sombre

    tipsy, drugged, drunken, bacchic, sloshed, colorful, slopped, squiffy, orgiastic, fuddled, pissed, hopped-up, pie-eyed, blotto, intoxicated, doped, carousing, cockeyed, sottish, plastered, mellow, bacchanal, blind drunk, frivolous, pixilated, bibulous, wet, soaked, beery, crocked, stoned, stiff, boozy, bacchanalian, tight, soused, half-seas-over, colourful, smashed, potty, narcotized, inebriated, loaded, besotted, drunk, high, narcotised, tiddly, sozzled

  3. drab, sober, somber, sombre(adj)

    lacking brightness or color; dull

    "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"

    serious, melancholy, somber, dingy, drear, grim, gloomy, dismal, blue, dark, grave, drab, olive-drab, sedate, disconsolate, dreary, unplayful, solemn, sorry, sombre

    mellow, sottish, slopped, colourful, potty, boozy, blotto, besotted, soused, wet, loaded, pissed, hopped-up, carousing, high, drunk, orgiastic, sozzled, drugged, bibulous, intoxicated, pixilated, inebriated, stiff, colorful, tipsy, half-seas-over, bacchic, fuddled, narcotized, beery, tight, sloshed, cockeyed, stoned, plastered, doped, squiffy, frivolous, tiddly, blind drunk, drunken, pie-eyed, bacchanalian, crocked, narcotised, soaked, smashed, bacchanal

  4. unplayful, serious, sober(verb)

    completely lacking in playfulness

    serious, severe, sombre, drab, grave, good, sedate, unplayful, life-threatening, somber, dangerous, grievous, solemn

    sloshed, hopped-up, frivolous, inebriated, wet, crocked, loaded, beery, slopped, doped, soaked, half-seas-over, mellow, potty, bacchic, colourful, narcotised, pie-eyed, plastered, tiddly, tight, cockeyed, stiff, soused, fuddled, bacchanal, blotto, squiffy, blind drunk, pixilated, narcotized, bibulous, drugged, pissed, drunken, bacchanalian, tipsy, drunk, besotted, carousing, smashed, sottish, sozzled, high, boozy, stoned, intoxicated, orgiastic, colorful

  5. sober(verb)

    cause to become sober

    "A sobering thought"

    sober up

    bacchanal, sozzled, drugged, beery, narcotised, drunken, carousing, crocked, inebriated, loaded, squiffy, boozy, stiff, pixilated, mellow, blind drunk, bacchanalian, slopped, high, colourful, orgiastic, smashed, tiddly, potty, blotto, fuddled, bacchic, half-seas-over, doped, soused, pie-eyed, sottish, soaked, plastered, besotted, bibulous, stoned, wet, narcotized, frivolous, drunk, tight, intoxicated, colorful, pissed, cockeyed, sloshed, hopped-up, tipsy

  6. sober up, sober(verb)

    become more realistic

    "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up"

    sober up

    slopped, inebriated, potty, sloshed, squiffy, plastered, besotted, stoned, bacchanal, high, wet, loaded, doped, crocked, blotto, cockeyed, pissed, stiff, tight, smashed, narcotized, drugged, tiddly, mellow, boozy, bacchanalian, half-seas-over, beery, colourful, fuddled, orgiastic, hopped-up, drunk, soaked, tipsy, pie-eyed, blind drunk, narcotised, sozzled, frivolous, carousing, drunken, soused, bacchic, intoxicated, bibulous, sottish, pixilated, colorful

  7. sober up, sober(verb)

    become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

    "Keep him in bed until he sobers up"

    sober up

    tiddly, narcotized, sloshed, soaked, pissed, besotted, plastered, colourful, hopped-up, squiffy, sottish, colorful, intoxicated, tipsy, pie-eyed, sozzled, bibulous, crocked, stiff, carousing, fuddled, drunken, soused, drugged, stoned, blotto, narcotised, loaded, boozy, half-seas-over, slopped, drunk, bacchic, inebriated, bacchanal, frivolous, smashed, mellow, high, pixilated, cockeyed, tight, potty, bacchanalian, orgiastic, blind drunk, doped, wet, beery


  1. sober(verb)


  2. sober(adjective)

    not drunk; not intoxicated


  3. sober(adjective)

    (often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.

    It took him hours to sober up.


  4. sober(adjective)


  5. sober(adjective)


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sober(a.)

    temperate, abstemious, abstinent, not drunken

  2. sober(a.)

    calm, moderate, cool, composed, unruffled, unimpassioned, dispassionate, steady, sedate, demure, staid, rational

  3. sober(a.)

    grave, solemn, serious, pensive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sober(a)

    temperate, abstinent, abstemious, unintoxicated, solemn, grave, demure, sedate, dispassionate, unimpassioned, calm, rational

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  1. Jerry Bostick:

    It was a can-do attitude, we were very sober and somber in what we were doing. We took it very seriously. We worked very hard. But at the same time it was fun, we really didn't think of it as a job, even though we were working twelve hours a day at least, six days a week. We didn't understand the magnitude of what we were doing, the gee-whiz aspects.

  2. Christine Taylor:

    Drunk and hungry, we decided that if we had a shop, it must sell chocolate so that we had access to chocolate 24 hours a day. Stone-cold sober, we still liked Cadbury Creme Egg. And we still liked the name.

  3. Dieter Addison:

    I live with a sober companion, i’ve been sober for months now. I smoke a ton of cigarettes, do n’t get me wrong, but this is a smoking building, which is why I signed the lease here.

  4. Carsten Fritsch:

    Fears that fighting in Iraq and Yemen could hamper the oil supply have clearly given way to a more sober appraisal, such concerns are exaggerated. In actual fact, the oil supply from the region has continued to grow.

  5. G. K. Chesterton:

    My country, right or wrong, is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, My mother, drunk or sober.

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