Sober vs. Somber

Sober vs. Somber — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Sober and Somber

Soberadjective

Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.

Somberadjective

Dark; gloomy

a somber room.

Soberadjective

Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants

a former addict who has been sober for 10 years.

Somberadjective

Dull or dark in color

somber hues.

Soberadjective

Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly

gave a sober assessment of the situation.

Somberadjective

Melancholy; dismal

a somber mood.

Soberadjective

Serious or staid in character or conduct

Sober people refrained from making a judgment until all the facts came out.

Somberadjective

Serious; grave

a somber spokesperson.

Soberadjective

Plain or subdued, as in decoration

sober attire.

Somberadjective

Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

Soberverb

To make or become sober

"He could not be dissuaded and set off again on his foolish way while we headed north, saddened and sobered by his recklessness, and by the waste of his hours" (Rick Bass).

Somberadjective

Dark; lacking color or brightness.

Soberadjective

not drunk; not intoxicated

Somberverb

alternative form of sombre

Soberadjective

not given to excessive drinking of alcohol

Somberadjective

grave or even gloomy in character;

solemn and mournful musica suit of somber blacka somber mood

Soberadjective

moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled

Somberadjective

lacking brightness or color; dull;

drab faded curtainssober Puritan graychildren in somber brown clothes

Soberadjective

dull; not bright or colorful

Soberadjective

subdued; solemn; grave

Soberadjective

(Scotland) poor; feeble

Soberverb

(often with up) To make or become sober.

Soberverb

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

It took him hours to sober up.

Soberverb

To moderate one's feelings

Soberverb

cause to become sober;

A sobering thought

Soberverb

become more realistic;

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

Soberverb

become sober after excessive alcohol consumption;

Keep him in bed until he sobers up

Soberadjective

not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

Soberadjective

dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises;

a grave God-fearing mana quiet sedate natureas sober as a judgea solemn promisethe judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence

Soberadjective

lacking brightness or color; dull;

drab faded curtainssober Puritan graychildren in somber brown clothes

Soberadjective

completely lacking in playfulness