Etymology of "ebrius"?
March 28, 2011 4:22 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know the origin of the latin word "ebrius" which roughly translates into "inebriated" in English?
posted by fantasticninety to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Etymological dictionary online says that "sober" comes from "sobrius" meaning "without inebriation".It suggests that "se" means "without" but unfortunately states that "ebrius" is of origin unknown.
Anyone have any clues or possibilities for this? I would love to know if "ebrius" originally referred to some sort of physical object that suggested the state of being taken up or caught up in elation (like a boat or something?).
Thank you for any help.