abbreviation or noun

plural DUIs
US : the act or crime of driving a vehicle while affected by alcohol or drugs
was arrested for DUI
a DUI case
US : an arrest or conviction for driving under the influence
… the reason he was in prison is that a few DUIs caught up with him …Barbara Ehrenreich
US : a person who is arrested for or convicted of driving under the influence
a convicted DUI

Examples of DUI in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Howard faces eight counts of DUI manslaughter, as authorities say his pickup truck striking the bus is what pushed it off the road and onto a grassy area on the outskirts of the city of Dunnellon. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 16 May 2024 After being released from the hospital, she was jailed on charges of felony child abuse, DUI, DUI with a passenger under 16, willful reckless driving, possession and consuming open alcohol in a vehicle, authorities said. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 13 May 2024 Television Tiffany Haddish’s DUI charges in L.A. are dropped after ‘wet reckless’ plea deal Feb. 2, 2024 Yes, really. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Mulqueen had a $3,000 warrant out for his arrest stemming from a 2023 DUI, online court records showed. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 23 Apr. 2024 The 52-year-old was charged with DUI and following too closely in the April 18 incident on Georgia State Route 30 in Effingham County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 22 Apr. 2024 In January 2022, she was also arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken into custody in Georgia. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 22 Apr. 2024 The 58-year-old driver of the pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of DUI. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2024 According to court docs seen by PEOPLE, she was arrested in July 2022 for a DUI. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History


driving under the influence

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of DUI was in 1969

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“DUI.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DUI. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


driving under the influence

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