Synonyms of sober
1 abstinent • He was dour and uncommunicative when stone sober.
abstinent • I party a bit, and then I'll be abstinent for ages.
temperate • He lived a temperate and contented life with his wife.
abstemious • They want to live a quiet, abstemious life.
on the wagon (informal)
, tight (informal)
, flying (slang)
, bombed (slang)
, wasted (slang)
, smashed (slang)
, hammered (slang)
, steaming (slang)
, wrecked (slang)
, blitzed (slang)
, pissed (British, Australian, New Zealand, slang)
, merry (British, informal)
, guttered (slang)
, sloshed (slang)
, paralytic (informal)
, tired and emotional (euphemistic)
, steamboats (Scottish, slang)
, tiddly (slang, mainly British)
, off your face (slang)
, zonked (slang)
, blotto (slang)
, having had one too many
, rat-arsed (taboo, slang)
, Brahms and Liszt (slang)
, bevvied (dialect)
, fu' (Scottish)
, pie-eyed (slang)
2 seriousDictionary • We are now far more sober and realistic.
serious • He's quite a serious person.
realistic • a realistic view of what we can afford
sound • They are trained nutritionists who can give sound advice on diets.
cool • He was marvellously cool, smiling as if nothing had happened.
calm • Try to keep calm and just tell me what happened.
grave • He says the situation in his country is very grave.
reasonable • He's a reasonable sort of chap.
steady • He was firm and steady, unlike other men she knew.
composed • She was standing beside him, very calm and composed.
rational • a rational decision
solemn • His solemn little face broke into smiles.
lucid • He wasn't very lucid; he didn't quite know where he was.
sedate • She took them to visit her sedate, elderly cousins.
staid • a staid country doctor
level-headed • He is level-headed and practical.
dispassionate • He spoke in a flat dispassionate tone.
unruffled • Anne had remained unruffled, very cool and controlled.
3 plainDictionary • He dresses in sober grey suits.
dark • His endless chatter kept me from thinking dark thoughts.
sombre • a worried official in sombre black
quiet • They dress in quiet colours.
severe • He had a severe look that disappeared when he smiled.
subdued • The lighting was subdued.
drab • his drab little office
1 calm downDictionary • After they had sobered, he was able to reassert his authority.
steady • She breathed in to steady her voice.
become more serious
2 come to your senses • He was left to sober up in a police cell.usually with up
come to your senses
, become intoxicated
, get hammered (slang)
, get off your face (slang)
3 clear your head • These events sobered him up considerablyusually with up
clear your head
dry you out
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abstemiousSomeone who is abstemious avoids doing too much of something enjoyable such as eating or drinking.
• They want to live a quiet, abstemious life.
• I party a bit, and then I'll be abstinent for ages.
calmA calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
• Try to keep calm and just tell me what happened.
Thesaurus for sober from the Collins English Thesaurus