drunk

Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past participle of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk \

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

The former was a simple Bordeaux meant to be drunk relatively young, while the latter was a great Bordeaux from an okay vintage. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Is That Wine You’ve Been Hoarding Actually Valuable?," 17 Jan. 2019 The energy-saving lights were dim; the people were drunk; the last train was leaving soon. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 Crew members get drunk after work, play pranks and nurse jealousies, crushes and beefs. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 While the electrons zip around like kids at a sugar picnic, the ions are a drunk dad that falls asleep by the grill. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard at Manny’s Blue Bar just outside of Chicago, asked a group of drunk men to leave the bar around 4:00 a.m. Sunday, according to WGN-TV. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Police Shot and Killed Jemel Roberson, a Black Security Guard, While He Was Responding to a Shooting," 13 Nov. 2018 Just a few weeks ago, he was charged with a DUI after a drunk hit-and-run incident. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Mac Miller Dead at 26 Due to Apparent Overdose," 8 Sep. 2018 According to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, which alerted the Daily Mail to the drunk-wasp news, the bugs in question are worker wasps, which cannot procreate and only exist to help feed the queen wasps and larvae. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Out: Wasps Are Apparently Drunk and Angry This Time of Year," 10 Aug. 2018 As threats to a fun Saturday afternoon go, which is scarier — a sober shark or a drunk guy spearfishing near swimmers that included kids? David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The beach swimming area had children. And a guy spearfishing, Keys cops say," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Jack’s grandfather, who is very much a drunk, grumbles into the waiting room and offers Jack’s dad a swig of his flask. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Finally Introduces Jack's Brother Nicky," 17 Oct. 2018 Video shows a drunk, belligerent Levi Lovell pestering @BetsyforIL and her husband at a campaign fundraiser. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Illinois congressman's staffer arrested for aggravated battery at opponent's campaign event," 17 Aug. 2018 Texas Republicans have tried to undercut O’Rourke’s campaign by focusing on parts of his past, including his days in a punk rock band and a 1998 drunk-driving arrest in El Paso. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Top Trump official reportedly said Ted Cruz has a likability problem that could cost him his Senate seat," 9 Sep. 2018 The fatal crash has helped raised awareness against drunk and wrong-way driving, spurring officials to make changes to improve wrong-way-driver warning systems. Alejandro Barahona, azcentral, "Family, friends of sisters killed by drunk wrong-way driver celebrate their life," 15 Apr. 2018 But never, ever, go with a drunk to the second location. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Woman's #MeToo moments lead to despair," 13 July 2018 But never, ever, go with a drunk to the second location. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Woman’s MeToo moments lead to despair," 13 July 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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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 \
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 \

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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