abbreviation or noun

plural DWIs
US : the crime of driving a vehicle while intoxicated : dui
was arrested for DWI
a DWI charge/case
US : an arrest or conviction for driving while intoxicated
Brian's license had been revoked and his new job threatened after a third DWI.Lee Durkee
US : a person who is arrested for or convicted of driving under the influence
a convicted DWI

Examples of DWI in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was charged with DWI because the car was on, Townsend-Ingram said. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 21 May 2024 Sports Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr.’s 3 brothers’ troubles: NBA ban, prison sentence, DWI arrest 2 hours ago Leonard will not play because of inflammation in his right knee that now will have kept him out of four of the six playoff games. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 Conditioning will be a concern, as will a recent DWI arrest, but Sweat is nimble on his feet for someone pushing 370 pounds. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2024 Curran pled guilty to the DWI in January in exchange for having other charges dropped. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2024 Eckardt was fired by Nest Seekers after a 2016 DWI. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 18 Apr. 2024 There’s no good reason Sweat would be available at No. 63, just like there was no good reason for him to be picked up for DWI before the draft. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 11 Apr. 2024 By partnering with organizations like the DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) task force, Drive Square extends its reach and impact in promoting safer driving practices within communities. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 All About Patrick Mahomes' Parents, Pat Mahomes and Randi Martin He was also charged with a DWI offense in 2018. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History


driving while intoxicated

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of DWI was in 1950

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“DWI.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DWI. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


driving while intoxicated
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