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American English: /ˈsoʊbər/
British English: /ˈsəʊbə/

Translation of sober in Spanish:


  • 1 (not drunk) I am perfectly sober
    estoy perfectamente sobrio or despejado
    we'll talk about it when you're sober
    lo hablaremos cuando estés sobrio or cuando se te haya pasado la borrachera or cuando te hayas despejado
    Example sentences
    • Drunk or sober, he was driven by a manic energy and impatience that made him a difficult friend and an almost impossible husband and father.
    • I got my bearings reasonably quickly, though, despite spending more time drunk than sober in the city centre.
    • Trust me, I've been around a few drunks and being sober and standing there trying to understand what they are saying is hard enough.
  • 2 2.1 (serious, grave)
    (young man)
    2.2 (rational, moderate)
    the sober facts
    los hechos tal cual son
    Example sentences
    • The coverage was serious, it was sober, it was comprehensive, and the press really seemed in tune with the surge of patriotism in the country.
    • Instead, such a point should be one for sober and serious analysis of how we can address some of our key weaknesses and lay the foundations for future growth.
    • Their manifesto is sensible and sober, identifying issues that concern real people…
    2.3 (subdued)
    Example sentences
    • Trouser suits and sober colours probably describe me best.
    • Kennedy, dressed in a sober grey suit, blushed as the press urged him to kiss his wife on the lips.
    • ‘I think I look a bit silly,’ he said as he surveyed the more sober colours surrounding the entrance to the County Stand.

Phrasal verbs

sober down

verb + adverb

sober up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (drunk person)come back when you've sobered up
vuelve cuando estés sobrio or cuando se te haya pasado la borrachera or cuando te hayas despejado
1.2 (become serious)
sentar cabeza
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
(drunk person)
2.2 (make serious)
hacer sentar cabeza

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