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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Five months before Smart disappeared, a female student called the police and reported that Flores, apparently drunk, had climbed onto her balcony and refused to leave. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Kristin Smart’s family spent nearly 25 years tracking her killer. Now they hope to bring her home," 14 Apr. 2021 From a kid’s perspective in the ’60s, drunk adults were a big part of comedy. Marc Myers, WSJ, "David Alan Grier’s Acting Career Began With an Ice Cream Cone," 13 Apr. 2021 Pacheco was reportedly driving while drunk and going the wrong way on the highway. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Illegal immigrant charged after hit-and-run leaves father of two dead," 12 Apr. 2021 Over the course of weeks, a picture emerges from Moose’s accounts of a pharmaceutical industry against the ropes, punch drunk and out of ideas. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines," 12 Apr. 2021 Every day some 45m cups of Tetley tea are drunk across the world. The Economist, "Sage against the machine: can robots learn to taste?," 9 Apr. 2021 This is the kind of drunk fight that many couples have on the way home from a too-boozy dinner. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Nonno More," 7 Apr. 2021 An arriving officer learned a drunk customer from Cleveland was causing a disturbance after being asked to leave. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident arrested for urinating in apartment complex lobby: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 7 Apr. 2021 And Marcos would often come home from his construction job drunk and angry, Pascual recalled. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "His Guatemalan parents sent him to the U.S. for a better life. Then they wanted their 9-year-old back.," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The drunk was our version of a Shakespearian clown—blunt and wise. Marc Myers, WSJ, "David Alan Grier’s Acting Career Began With an Ice Cream Cone," 13 Apr. 2021 The deeper problem is that these movies perpetuate dubious biographical clichés about Welles, characterizing him variously as a tyrant, a charlatan, or a drunk. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "How “Mank” Distorts Orson Welles," 2 Apr. 2021 The man was always a complicated character — an angry drunk who suffered more than his fair share of loss — and his sendoff was appropriately fitting. Rachel Simon, Vulture, "Every Major Grey’s Anatomy Character Return, Ranked," 2 Apr. 2021 Six years later, Bailey returned with a biography of another midcentury drunk of gargantuan talent, John Cheever. New York Times, "Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?," 30 Mar. 2021 Finally, our Real Housewives of New Jersey stars get day-drunk on a boat and decide to play a prank on Joe Gorga, who takes it surprisingly well, to be honest. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Week in 'Wives: RHOA brings it home, RHOD and RHONJ stay away," 6 Mar. 2021 The 20-day unpaid suspension of New Orleans' homeland security director, Collin Arnold, has been extended an additional 40 days after his drunk-driving arrest, a spokesman for Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday. Mike A. Perlstein, NOLA.com, "Collin Arnold's 20-day suspension extended to 60 days, but he may return to work," 27 Jan. 2021 For the one drunk on love: Valentine's Day Card Ah, love. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 incredible Valentine's Day cards to send to your loved ones," 27 Jan. 2021 Under the guise of a casual catch-up, Cassie meets with her former college friend Madison, played by Alison Brie, to get day-drunk. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Let’s Talk About Promising Young Woman’s Ugliest Scene," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of drunk was in the 14th century

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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

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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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