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: affected, intoxicated, or stupefied by or as if by a drug or the habitual use of drugs
… drivers who are repeatedly convicted of driving while drunk or illegally drugged.Linda Koco
Don't use sleeping pills; you cannot dream lucidly when you are drugged.Zsuzsanna E. Budapest
… Walter, drugged by warmth after the cold day's slog, dozed in his chair …K. Brenda Mager
often used in combination with -out or -up
a drugged-out lifestyle
Russell Brand, known for a movie role as a drugged-out rock star, has a new show premiering Thursday.Bill Brioux
She urged students to avoid getting behind the wheel with a drunk or drugged-up driver.Susan Mende
: occurring while under the influence of an intoxicating drug
drugged driving
: containing an illicit intoxicating drug usually added surreptitiously
On Wednesday, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department released a general community safety information post on Facebook to alert locals and tourists of the dangers of drugged drinks at local bars.Nico Madrigal Yankowski


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past tense and past participle of drug

Examples of drugged in a Sentence

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Unfortunately, the results were a drugged up shambles, but Evans couldn’t care less. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 The girl, according to records, had been tied to a bed post for almost a week and had been given alcohol to keep her in a drugged state. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2022 However, leaders in more moderate and conservative suburban communities on Long Island are weighing whether the additional revenue and jobs are worth the potential problems, including hosting cannabis businesses in typically family-friendly business districts and increased drugged driving. Rich Calder, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than in the glitzy emirate of Dubai, whose leader kidnapped, drugged and imprisoned his own daughter. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 Detectives say the girl was tied to bed posts for more than a week and given alcohol to keep her in a drugged state, CBS Columbus, Georgia affiliate WRBL-TV reports. CBS News, 3 Aug. 2022 The suspect reportedly used alcohol to keep her in a drugged state, WRBL Channel 3 reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho was in Fairbanks recently at a conference to talk about a wildlife-sampling method that does not include a helicopter, dart gun or handling of a drugged polar bear that can weigh as much as four NFL linemen. Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2023 Or one about Pete spending Christmas all alone on the Canadian set of a movie that sees his character getting killed off ten minutes in — and, in his loneliness, getting so drugged up that fantasy and reality begin to blur together in sequences that call to mind Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1758, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of drugged was in 1758

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“Drugged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drugged. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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