how to pronounce sober


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sober is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sober in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… in a very reasonable sober penetrating …”

meanings of sober


  1. Not drunk; not intoxicated.
  2. Moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled.
  3. Poor; feeble.
  4. Not given to excessive drinking of alcohol.
  5. Dull; not bright or colorful.
  6. Subdued; solemn; grave.


  1. To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.
  2. To moderate one's feelings.
  3. To make or become sober.


  1. A surname​.

sober frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word sober occurs in english on average 6.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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