sober Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “sober” in the English Dictionary

"sober" in British English

See all translations

soberadjective

uk   /ˈsəʊ.bər/  us   /ˈsoʊ.bɚ/
  • sober adjective (NOT DRUNK)

C2 not drunk or affected by alcohol: Are you sober enough to drive, Jim? I'd had no wine all evening so I was stone cold (= completely) sober.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

soberverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈsəʊ.bər/  us   /ˈsoʊ.bɚ/
(Definition of sober from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sober" in American English

See all translations

soberadjective

 us   /ˈsoʊ·bər/
  • sober adjective (NOT DRUNK)

having had no alcohol; not drunk
  • sober adjective (SERIOUS)

serious and calm: The sober expression had not left Martin’s face.
(Definition of sober from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sober?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“sober” in American English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More