booze

verb
\ ˈbüz How to pronounce booze (audio) \
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 How to pronounce boozily (audio) \ adverb
boozy \ ˈbü-​zē How to pronounce boozy (audio) \ 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

The show, produced by Mike Nichols, won seven Tonys in all, including best musical and best actress in a musical for Dorothy Loudon, who originated the role of unscrupulous, boozing orphanage administrator Miss Hannigan. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rum bar’s beverage menu boasts 20 cocktails, divided by style-- cocktails served tall, crisp and tart daiquiris, house daiquiris, tropical tiki exotic,booze forward, and temperance, or non-alcoholic. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 The actor continued to explain the process behind the new booze. Georgia Slater, USA TODAY, "Why 'Breaking Bad' fans are angry over new Bryan Cranston-Aaron Paul project," 9 July 2019 The future of space and booze may ultimately be rosier. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Space and booze, an anecdotal history," 6 July 2019 The kitchen does add a special ingredient to some: booze. oregonlive.com, "No concrete in these milkshakes. Portland protests highlight American classic, so here are some options for non-weaponized treats," 4 July 2019 The officer smelled booze emanating from the man, who slurred his words. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Beer lover arrested for drunken driving after pounding eight brews and a shot: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 Anyone who has hung around the creative and artistic professions knows about some of the most pernicious risks inherent to those worlds: excessive behavior, compulsions, egomania, drugs, booze. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘Darling Grenadine’ is a risky new Marriott Theatre musical about addiction," 2 July 2019 July 1 will also loosen happy hour laws in Virginia, which has long kept quiet about booze discounts for fear of promoting excessive drinking. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District," 28 June 2019 Fixing Barnes & Noble, which will be easier to do as a private company, could involve something the chain has already been testing: smaller, more dynamic stores with cafés and even booze. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why Barnes & Noble May Soon Look Like the Local Bookstores It Killed Off," 23 June 2019

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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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