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

Ballplayers, Bouton revealed, could be boozing, womanizing, pill-popping, ball-scuffing rascals — overgrown teenagers, that is. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Jim Bouton Opened Up the Major Leagues to Everyone," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The driver, who smelled like booze and slurred his words, admitted to drinking. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver fights seatbelt on way to jail: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2019 There’s just something so sophisticated about putting all your booze and sparkling water on display. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Wayfair is having a massive two-day sale on furniture this weekend," 10 Aug. 2019 Food and booze absolutely comes with a recipe for political discussion, which might be the most memorable to enjoy your experience anyway depending on who’s making your drink behind the bar. Fortune, "What I Learned in Inclusion Training at the World’s Top Cocktail Festival," 10 Aug. 2019 Whether that means deluxe booze and food, comfy seating or gimmicks like bringing back richly textured celluloid prints — which used to be standard in the now all-digital projection realm — exhibitors are game to try nearly anything. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, "Denver-area movie theaters are thriving as the rest of the nation sees a downturn," 22 July 2019 Coincidentally, both men were charged with conspiracy after they were accused of extorting $100,000 from movie executives who had gone to a scandalous party filled with booze and underage girls at a Woburn mansion. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Walsh could testify in City Hall corruption case," 22 July 2019 Festival gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The last act wraps up around 11 p.m. For some, 10 hours of music, food and booze simply isn't enough and for you, there are official Forecastle Late Night Shows and After Parties. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why You Still Can’t Buy Fireworks on Amazon," 1 July 2019 Here's proof that booze and fruit make the best barbecue sauce. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Peach-Bourbon BBQ Baby Backs," 5 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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