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boozed; boozing

intransitive verb

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


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: intoxicating drink
especially : hard liquor
boozily adverb
boozy adjective

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Would quitting cigarettes and booze a few years back and channeling all that energy into group fitness classes be enough to turn back time? Max Berlinger, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2024 In the California mountain hamlet of Dunsmuir (likewise the setting of Hall’s 2022 directorial debut), Sam struggles to sell a house and bickers with a deadbeat husband named Travis, both of them turning to booze to cope. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 Here’s how this all stacks up to booze, heart-health-wise. Ali Finney, SELF, 26 Feb. 2024 After years on Houston’s hospitality scene, the duo transitioned from food to booze after years of experimental distilling. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Bread pudding with bananas, apples or boozed up at during Devour Indy Bread pudding aficionados, this is your time. The Indianapolis Star, 23 Jan. 2024 Eventually, everyone gets sick of all this pressure and starts boozing their troubles away. Alex Raiman,, 29 Sep. 2023 Over the course of a roller-coaster relationship, in which booze alternately ignites and smothers their romantic flame, the couple get married, raise a daughter, drift apart, collide again and take stutter steps toward recovery. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 The event is fueled by defense contractors who pay several hundred dollars a ticket for food, booze, and access to special-operations and intelligence-community leaders. Kevin Maurer, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023
The measure comes with guardrails in an attempt to maintain a family-friendly environment at theatres that have licenses to sell booze. Maysoon Khan, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024 Oh, and the minibar is stocked with fresh fruit, ginger shots, and kombucha instead of the usual booze and candy. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 Mocktail Club, a premium non-GMO and vegan brand that relies on natural ingredients free of artificial flavors, colors, and booze. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 Other data showed a dip in booze consumption—2023 saw the lowest number of beer sales in the US since 1999, according to an industry report, and wine consumption fell by about 2% in 2022. Ali Finney, SELF, 26 Feb. 2024 Sobering Up: In the United States, the holiday is often associated with booze. Liam Stack, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 The connection between booze and an eclipse might be a bit nebulous, but that’s what marketing departments are for. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2024 Entry is free but food, beer and booze, and travel costs are not. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2024 With her thick Southern accent and even thicker head of highlights, this hairdresser covers up her sorrows with booze, wisecracks and a tough exterior. Courtney Howard, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History



Middle English bousen, from Middle Dutch būsen

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Booze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: alcoholic liquor

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