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

Police have arrested drunk patrons for fighting with security, urinating outdoors and a DUI crash when leaving the nightclub. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Observatory North Park called public nuisance for noise, drunken patrons, fire hazards," 10 July 2019 One man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk with a three-year-old in the vehicle. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police: 14 arrested on drunken driving charges in north Houston over Fourth of July weekend," 8 July 2019 According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 19,540 crashes, 8,250 injuries and 186 deaths in Wisconsin were attributed to speeding in 2016 and more than 5,000 crashes were attributed to drunk driving the year before. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Milwaukee seeks solutions for reckless driving, some blame low police budget while others seek alternatives to police," 8 July 2019 Operating a vehicle under the influence, Brookpark Road A Seville man, 31, was arrested at about 8 p.m. June 22 after police caught him driving drunk on Brookpark. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Man found dead, possibly of overdose, in hotel room: Brook Park Police Blotter," 5 July 2019 The Fourth of July is traditionally one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "How to keep friends, family — and dogs — safe this Fourth of July," 2 July 2019 Due to incidents between drunk men and guards with anger management issues, the administration deemed ketchup and marinara sauce menaces and banned them both. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 There are going to be a lot more drunk frat boys in polo shirts (or is it drunker frat boys in polo shirts?) this fall. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Ryan Day Taking Over at Ohio State and Other Top Storylines to Watch as Fall Camps Near," 1 July 2019 Most people associate alcohol’s danger with excessive drinking, which can lead to problems like liver disease, addiction, and drunk driving accidents. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Casual Alcohol Use Has Been Linked to Several Major Cancers—So Where's the Campaign?," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Washington Post reports that Thomas Hawks pleaded guilty Monday in Prince George's County court to charges of vehicular manslaughter and causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland man pleads guilty to drunken crash that killed 3 children," 2 July 2019 Another measure by Ott to be taken up Thursday, Assembly Bill 17, would require judges in most cases to sentence people to at least five years in prison if they are found guilty of killing someone while driving drunk. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Assembly seeks to delay the closure of Lincoln Hills teen prison," 20 June 2019 At one time or another over the years, the City Council's been inhabited by drunks, philanderers, cokeheads, bribe takers, wire wearers, and various other miscreants of every race, creed, and color. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Clout City / Politics Why did Carlos Ramirez-Rosa get kicked out of the City Council’s Latino Caucus?," 24 May 2018 When Luther goes to the big racket in the sky, the junior grifter Johnny Hooker (J. Harrison Ghee) flees to Chicago and apprentices himself to Henry Gondorff (Mr. Connick), once the king of cons and now a whorehouse drunk. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Con Men in Tap Shoes Lay Down ‘The Sting’," 9 Apr. 2018 Experience in other neighborhoods has shown that getting rid of products favored by street drunks can clean up community problems. Author: Charles Wohlforth | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana school suspensions more than doubled after legalization," 11 Jan. 2018 After Riley’s parents were arrested on charges of heroin trafficking in 2017, Riley suffered caffeine withdrawal — a result of having drunk more than a dozen cans of soda every day, said Mr. McGraw, the principal. Dan Levin, New York Times, "Inside the Elementary School Where Drug Addiction Sets the Curriculum," 12 June 2019 That would be just a teaser for the human traffic jam inside the tunnel, though, a powder keg of drunk, impatient people jammed into a too-small egress. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Review: Denver gives Garth Brooks the “greatest night of (his) career”," 9 June 2019 Last week, Hyland shared on social media that her cousin had died in a drunk-driving accident, and urged fans to donate to a GoFundMe set up in her cousin's honor. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Talks to 'Self' About Her Second Kidney Transplant and Suicidal Thoughts," 10 Dec. 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 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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