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

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 Besides possessing both the ability to cool you off and booze you up, Jeni's Frosé Sorbet has something else going for it. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Frosé Can Now Be Enjoyed By The Pint," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beer was the gold mine, before selling booze in the stands was outlawed. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Going back decades, ballpark vendors share tales from the aisles," 4 July 2018 The 21st Amendment did bring booze back to the American mainstream, but many cities, towns and counties continue to ban the sale of liquor. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 The drinks, served chilled and initially only available in Colorado will be infused with special marijuana formulas designed to mimic the effects of booze. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Trading wine for weed? Experts say trend likely to accelerate thanks to legal pot," 26 Apr. 2018 Over time, the noyaux impart their heavenly character to the booze, yielding an almondesque extract. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "How to Unlock the Secret Flavor Hidden at the Apricot’s Core," 27 June 2018 No dogs, no booze, and no children under five, unfortunately. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "'American Idol' auditions set for Sept. 6 in Philly," 7 June 2018 Committees linked with former lawmakers use donations for meals, cigars, booze, event tickets and travel. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "Why is Gov. Eric Greitens leaving the Missouri Ethics Commission to languish?," 14 Mar. 2018 The booze is paired with with an eclectic menu that blends Northwest fresh-style cuisine with Basque, Asian and other culinary flavors. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "10 ways to get a real taste of Boise: New spots and beloved staples | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 For restless hipsters seeking more thrills than mere art, booze and pancakes can provide, the show also comes with DJs, body painting and live art demos. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Allee Willis, Adam Carolla, Flower Day at Eastern Market," 16 May 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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More Definitions for booze

booze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of booze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to drink a lot of alcohol

booze

noun

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

: alcoholic drinks

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