\ 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



Definition of booze (Entry 2 of 2)

: intoxicating drink especially : hard liquor

Other Words from booze


boozily \ ˈbü-​zə-​lē How to pronounce booze (audio) \ adverb
boozy \ ˈbü-​zē How to pronounce booze (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for booze

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Who’s ready to brunch and booze on the Saturday morning tour? Birmingham Magazine, al, 3 Oct. 2019 Ballplayers, Bouton revealed, could be boozing, womanizing, pill-popping, ball-scuffing rascals — overgrown teenagers, that is. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 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, 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, 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., 11 July 2018 Moss is also really good, boozing away her troubles, dressed in black. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 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,, 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, 31 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With long-term heavy alcohol intake, your brain adapts to the effects of booze over time. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 17 May 2022 During an April 19 traffic stop of a Honda Accord on Pearl Road, police observed two open bottles of booze. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 But perhaps its most significant feature is the art deco cocktail cart in the corner, stacked with mid-century glassware and bottles of booze. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2022 Bootleggers relied on telephones to coordinate shipments of booze, and Prohibition agents quickly started listening in. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 The dangerous blend of booze in the body of the cocktail tastes mostly of ginger which adds a heat to the cool, sparkling drink. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Ferguson reportedly put money at a few pubs around the team’s home stadium and told staff to spread the news to fans that the first round of booze was on him. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 Students will be able to paint and sip booze on a riverboat cruise. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 Some candidates stooped to bribery in close contests, offering voters money, gifts, or booze for their favor. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of booze


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for booze


Middle English bousen, from Middle Dutch būsen

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“Booze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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