booze

verb
\ ˈbüz \
boozed; boozing

Definition of booze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drink intoxicating liquor especially to excess often used in the phrase booze it up

booze

noun

Definition of booze (Entry 2 of 2)

: intoxicating drink especially : hard liquor

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Other Words from booze

Noun

boozily \ ˈbü-​zə-​lē \ adverb
boozy \ ˈbü-​zē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for booze

Synonyms: Verb

bib, drink, guzzle, liquor (up), lush (up) [slang], soak, tipple

Synonyms: Noun

alcohol, aqua vitae, ardent spirits, bottle, drink, firewater, grog, hooch [slang], inebriant, intoxicant, John Barleycorn, juice [slang], liquor, lush [slang], moonshine, potable, rum, sauce [slang], spirits, stimulant, strong drink, tipple

Antonyms: Noun

nonintoxicant

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Examples of booze in a Sentence

Verb

He was out boozing with his friends. he went out boozing with his friends on his 21st birthday

Noun

We bought some chips and booze for the party. this will be a birthday party without booze
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are institutions for drinking and crafting popping up all over the country — from Pinot's Palette, a paint and sip bar that has over 140 locations, to a DIY Bar in Portland, where customers booze and craft. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Call All Your Friends, You Need a Wine and Crafts Night," 24 Aug. 2018 Considering the fact that NYC is one of the most expensive American cities to live in, and hipsters everywhere need tattoos, Josh’s boozed-up argument actually makes a lot of sense. refinery29.com, "Is Younger Setting The Stage For A Liza-Josh Reunion?," 11 July 2018 Moss is also really good, boozing away her troubles, dressed in black. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Chekhov's 'The Seagull' is fine showcase for all-star cast," 31 May 2018 For those looking to booze it up, there will also be bloody marys made with cucumber-dill CH vodka, PST’s special mix and turmeric pickles, and served with Anchor Steam beer or a green juice sidecar. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Eat lobster at III Forks, sip beer at the zoo, plus other weekend offerings," 14 June 2018 If that's not bad enough, Brian's boozed-up reckless actions early on Jan. 10, 1988, took the life of a man in the other vehicle and injured others. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Daughter yearns to know the father killed in a crash before learning she existed," 31 May 2018 The existential tale, created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, dives into the righteous, flawed, intense, if reticent, soul of Billy McBride, a boozed-up, motel-living lawyer whose integrity is commensurate with his understanding of evil. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "From ‘Sling Blade’ to ‘Goliath’: Billy Bob Thornton finds his peace," 7 June 2018 Your Summer Needs Getty Images Just the thing for boozing outside. Paula Forbes, GQ, "A Pimm's Cup Is the 2-Ingredient Cocktail Your Summer Needs," 10 May 2018 On Monday and Tuesday nights, hop aboard the Anita Dee II at Navy Pier for three hours of sailing and boozing with other professionals drinking off the two hardest days of the week. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get yourself on a boat: The best booze cruises in Chicago," 8 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For others, July is a month to skip booze altogether. Joy Manning, Philly.com, "Where to drink in Philadelphia during Dry July," 12 July 2018 The company hasn’t even made plans to launch the product throughout Japan, let alone offer booze to the rest of the world. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Coca-Cola Just Started Selling Its First Alcoholic Drink Ever," 28 May 2018 And understand this: Dommes only gave up booze in the hours preceding her matches at the championships. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Practice? We’re talking about practice?," 21 May 2018 While talking to the Parma driver, the officer smelled booze. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk Parma driver admits to drinking at work: North Royalton Police Blotter," 10 May 2018 She was arrested several times for selling booze, but never once admitted to it always claiming that her place was BYOB. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Guinan, Janis Joplin and other awesome Texas women you should know," 13 Jan. 2018 The Serenity star joins the ranks of famed Hollywood A-listers who opt out of happy hour: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Richards, and Natalie Portman have all decided to live booze free in pursuit of healthier lifestyles. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s Why Anne Hathaway Is Giving Up Alcohol," 22 Jan. 2019 His organizing is also confronting the booze issue itself. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "Parents, Frat leaders launch national anti-hazing effort," 11 Sep. 2018 Like someone hammered on booze, these folks are far more likely to become overbearing. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Power can reveal how insecure a person is," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of booze

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for booze

Verb

Middle English bousen, from Middle Dutch būsen

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The first known use of booze was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for booze

booze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of booze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to drink a lot of alcohol

booze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of booze (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : alcoholic drinks

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