drinking song

noun

: a song on a convivial theme appropriate for a group engaged in social drinking

Examples of drinking song in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Toby Keith, a former rodeo hand, oil rigger and semipro football player who became a rowdy king of country music, singing patriotic anthems, wry drinking songs and propulsive odes to cowboy culture that collectively sold more than 40 million records, died Feb. 5 at 62. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Over the course of the show, the men’s bravado—on display in boisterous bar scenes, complete with drinking songs and a fistfight with British airmen—fades into shellshocked resignation as more of their friends fail to return from missions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 In the summer, the longest day of the year, Midsomer, is celebrated as its own holiday, parties are held to peel and feast upon crimson crayfish while crooning drinking songs and toasting with elderberry schnapps, cities empty as residents migrate to summer cottages or boats. Madeline Weinfield, Travel + Leisure, 11 Oct. 2023 Or break into a mediaeval drinking song with a group of buccaneering, but lovable, drunks. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2023 Bools noted that many people think the Irish sing a lot of drinking songs. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 1 June 2023 Advertisement Wallen, with his catalogue filled with upbeat, party-ready drinking songs about life in a small town, was never supposed to be a lightning rod. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 The beer was flowing, the bratwurst were sizzling and the brass band at the village May Day festival led the crowd in ever tipsier renditions of the local drinking song. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 28 May 2023 The words may be wily, but the Russian baritone, whether poisoning Otello with lies or hosting a drinking song, sings with agreeable gusto. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drinking song was in 1597

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“Drinking song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20song. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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