Synonyms of sober in English:

sober


See definition of sober

adjective

1‘they were drunk more often than sober’

SYNONYMS

not drunk, not intoxicated, clear-headed, as sober as a judge

teetotal, abstinent, non-drinking

abstemious, temperate, moderate

informal on the wagon, dry

ANTONYMS

drunk

2‘a sober view of life’

SYNONYMS

serious, sensible, solemn, thoughtful, grave, sombre, severe, earnest, sedate, staid, dignified, steady, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, down-to-earth, commonsensical, pragmatic, self-controlled, restrained, conservative

strict, puritanical

Scottish douce

ANTONYMS

light-hearted, frivolous

3‘a sober account of the trial’

SYNONYMS

unemotional, dispassionate

factual, realistic, objective

low-key, matter-of-fact, prosaic, no-nonsense, rational, logical, straightforward, well considered, plain

ANTONYMS

sensational, emotional

4‘a sober grey suit’

SYNONYMS

sombre, restrained, subdued, severe, austere

conventional, traditional, staid, unadventurous

dark, dark-coloured, quiet, drab, plain

ANTONYMS

flamboyant


verb

1‘I ought to sober up a bit’

SYNONYMS

become sober, become clear-headed

informal dry out

2‘that coffee sobered him up’

SYNONYMS

make sober, clear someone's head

informal dry out

3‘he smiled at her, but then his expression sobered’

SYNONYMS

become serious, become more serious, relax, soften, steady, cool

4‘his expression sobered her’

SYNONYMS

make serious, make more serious

subdue, calm down, quieten, steady

bring to, bring down to earth, make pensive, make reflective, make someone stop and think, give someone pause for thought