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 cause of the limp, a long-ago car accident that had killed his wife, he and she having been broadsided by a drunk driver, was no longer ever mentioned. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 McMillan admits to being very drunk after leaving Captain Lou's, a bar in South Haven, Michigan, and letting a male friend drive her car. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 McMillan admits to being very drunk after leaving Captain Lou’s, a bar in South Haven, Mich., and letting a male friend drive her car. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Cops said Ahmed was allegedly drunk (hence the crash one may presume), and punched the man before taking off. Montana Couser, The Root, "Off-Duty Cop Crashes Into Car in Hit and Run, Attacked Victim Who Chased Him Down," 4 July 2018 Everyone was trying to be very drunk, yet also, defiantly, very awake. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Combine Alcohol and Caffeine?," 29 June 2018 Armstrong argued that the two had flirted with each other in Guam and again at the hotel, and both were too drunk to make good decisions. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Charges dismissed against Navy commander accused of attempted rape," 1 June 2018 Simon and DeCaprio argued that their client was too drunk at the time to realize the effect of his statements to police. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge Shaves Four Years Off Simsbury Man's 50-Year Sentence For Murder," 24 Apr. 2018 Their restaurants were unsophisticated, their kitchens filthy and their chefs rude—and often drunk. The Economist, "How the son of a Swiss peasant became a synonym for luxury," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The small successes of a hardworking postwoman who fosters her wrecked family’s children, or of a recovering drunk who defies the mini-bar, appear heroic amid the general failure. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 Sugar Land police will conduct a special drunk driving enforcement initiative from June 29 through July 4. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land Police Department targeting impaired driving during holiday," 28 June 2018 Nobody in this play is more lost than Ed Devery, a lawyer who’d once been a crusading idealist, before becoming Harry’s hired gun and a drunk. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 26 June 2018 The boy was a few years older, had dropped out of school and was known as a drunk. Author: Shashank Bengali, Anchorage Daily News, "In India, ‘child marriage is like a disease’," 24 June 2018 Jack Sutton, aged 20, experienced the taxi drive of a lifetime whilst drunk on his way home at 7:00 am from a night out. Fox News, "Uber driver 'tricks' drunk into giving him five star rating," 21 June 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)

: a person who is drunk or who often gets drunk

: 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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