drunk

Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past participle of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \

Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : having the faculties impaired by alcohol
b : having a level of alcohol in the blood that exceeds a maximum prescribed by law legally drunk
2 : dominated by an intense feeling drunk with rage
3 : relating to, caused by, or characterized by intoxication : drunken drunk driving

drunk

noun

Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a period of drinking to intoxication or of being intoxicated a 2-day drunk
2 : one who is drunk especially : drunkard

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Synonyms & Antonyms for drunk

Synonyms: Adjective

besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], lush, rummy, soak, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

Antonyms: Adjective

sober, straight

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Examples of drunk in a Sentence

Adjective

I don't like being around drunk people. She was so drunk that she could barely walk. I was drunk and couldn't think straight. We got drunk on wine.

Noun

you can't trust anything that old drunk says after a weeklong drunk he was unable to remember anything
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As some of us know from television and others know from drunk-texting their colorist post-breakup, platinum hair tends to appear during a time of major personal shift. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019 Meyer had recently been passed over for promotion and had been arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "It's Troublingly Common for Ground Crew Members To Steal Planes," 13 Aug. 2018 In car somewhat drunk but also the lack of skill on both our parts to get going properly or communicate. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "13 Virginity Horror Stories That Are Super Cringy," 22 Mar. 2019 When Lyla gets uncharacteristically drunk at a party, what happens next brings Nina, Finch, Lyla and her father into unavoidable conflict. Bethanne Patrick, chicagotribune.com, "Emily Giffin's new novel is all her fans ever wanted," 29 June 2018 What are the rules on being intoxicated or driving while drunk in North and South Carolina? Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 Multiple sources told Sports Illustrated that Cass was drinking the majority of the European tour and had attitude issues when drunk. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Sources: Big Cass Released by WWE Due to Personal Conduct Issues," 19 June 2018 First liberty got drunk as a Lord with Shults & two of small boatmen. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Officers determined alcohol intoxication contributed to the crash, and the man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, police said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Woman killed in DUI crash in Rancho Cordova, deputies say | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

John Stanislaus—the only out-and-out reprehensible father in this patriarchal trinity—was also a violent drunk. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 The bar was a watering hole for artists, prostitutes, pimps, drunks and whoever else might have walked in that night. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 If that’s off from what your normal state is, Uber’s app guesses you’re drunk and adapts accordingly. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Uber Is Trying to Find Out When You've Had One Too Many," 11 June 2018 Dumping untreated drunks and junkies who have been warehoused for years into communities with no support is such a marvelous idea. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "21 Floridians a day die from drugs while legislators cut treatment," 18 May 2018 After charging a 20-year-old woman with driving drunk and killing a 36-year-old woman and her infant son, prosecutors have now charged three others with providing alcohol to the underage woman at a local bar. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "4 charged in suspected drunken driving crash that killed Clear Lake mom, baby," 5 Apr. 2018 In the first case, the State Police denied a request for reports of police caught driving drunk and a judge accused of stealing a $4,000 watch. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records," 29 Mar. 2018 The Sleep Foundation notes that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes every year, and can be just as bad as driving drunk. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 Ford then described a drunk Kavanaugh attacking her in the 1980s at a high school party. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Emotional Kavanaugh decries ‘circus’ and maintains innocence, as Ford testifies he ‘sexually assaulted me’," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of drunk

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drunk

Adjective

Middle English drunke, alteration of drunken

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More Definitions for drunk

drunk

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having drunk so much alcohol that normal actions (such as talking, thinking, and moving) become difficult to do
: behaving in an unusual or improper way because of excitement, anger, etc.

drunk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 2)

disapproving : a person who is drunk or who often gets drunk
informal : a period of time when someone drinks too much alcohol

drunk

Kids Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past participle of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \
drunker; drunkest

Kids Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : being so much under the influence of alcohol that normal thinking and acting become difficult or impossible
2 : controlled by a strong feeling drunk with power

drunk

noun

Kids Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

drunk

Medical Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past part of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \

Medical Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : having the faculties impaired by alcohol
2 : of, relating to, or caused by intoxication : drunken convicted of drunk drivingTime

drunk

noun

Medical Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a period of drinking to intoxication or of being intoxicated
2 : one who is drunk especially : drunkard

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