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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At no time is this shift more apparent than during the holidays when booze is everywhere. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 After all, who better to recommend booze than this crew? Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Vanderpump Rules' Stassi, Katie, and Kristen Made a Rosé That's as Easy as 'Drinking Water'," 31 May 2019 Instead of studying, the gang was searching for booze, Vogt said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "105-year-old Navy veteran finally gets his college diploma from San Diego State University after 83 years," 18 Aug. 2018 Crisp whites and sparkling wines on the drier end of the spectrum can surely replace the myriad booze offerings that are best served ice cold and gulpable. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "For the Fourth, drink American: Syrah, pinot, grenache and a vineyard full of other U.S. wines," 28 June 2018 Why Your Trip to Tokyo Should Be All About the Japanese Whisky Courtesy of Suntory Whisky How to plan the ultimate booze pilgrimage. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Why Your Trip to Tokyo Should Be All About the Japanese Whisky," 25 June 2018 And always, always, always have your guests take care of the booze and non-boozy drinks. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I've Been Hosting Thanksgiving for 5 Years and Here Are My Tips," 16 Nov. 2018 Milk Room Milk Room is where spirits geeks and cocktail obsessives can find rare booze and (incredible, expensive) cocktails crafted by some of the city's best bartenders. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Bars in Chicago," 1 Mar. 2018 Though Damgaard isn’t a bartender himself, his team sources its booze from small, independent distillers mainly in Denmark. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "How Local Nordic Ingredients Are Transforming Copenhagen's Cocktail Scene," 15 Oct. 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)

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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