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

In that case, a crossing guard in San Rafael was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk on her way to work and running into a woman carrying a toddler. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "Marin elementary school crossing guard accused of drunkenness on duty," 13 Sep. 2019 When the first episode opens, a despondent and drunk Cochran is sitting in his car, contemplating suicide. Greg Braxton, chicagotribune.com, "Bradley Whitford cornered the market on creepy white men. Now he’s ready to lighten up," 12 Sep. 2019 A year later, Bieber was arrested twice in one week — once for drunk driving, and then for assault. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Justin Bieber admits to "heavy drug use," opens up about struggles with fame and relationships," 3 Sep. 2019 One night, after being screamed at by a drunk Morrison, Wassel broke an acoustic guitar over his head. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: Van Morrison’s Contractual Obligation Album," 29 Aug. 2019 Most people are surprised but not concerned, as Bryce could just be drunk in some Vegas hotel room. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Recap," 24 Aug. 2019 Though the flesh is bitter, the juice is drunk for its healthy properties. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 While my sober self took advantage of the city’s many career opportunities, my drunk self leaned fully into the anonymity an island of one million people automatically provides. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Traveling Sober Changed the Way I Saw the World," 10 July 2019 Male, 32, arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, 1300 block Main Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: June 1 to 9," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Between Halloween night and early Nov. 1, from 2013 to 2017, 158 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Petition seeks to make Halloween the last Saturday of October. More than 100,000 people have signed it.," 31 July 2019 The Terror of Morocco, drunk, dancing in his long underwear on Christmas. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 If someone is driving drunk, getting in fights or becomes a danger to themselves, they are held in one of three cells in the city jail. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence," 18 July 2019 That includes a drunk-driving arrest in Connecticut in May. Authorities say the pickup truck Zhukovskyy was driving crossed the median on a rural two-lane highway in Randolph, N.H. and crashed head-on into a group of motorcyclists. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Driver in N.H. crash involved in rollover earlier this month in Texas," 25 June 2019 Family money could help in a national campaign, and the Senate campaign may (or may not) have helped clear the decks on a 1998 drunk-driving arrest. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Another complaint involved a sophomore who alleged that in 2013 her teacher got her drunk and abused her in his car. Washington Post, "Chicago schools to overhaul handling of sex abuse complaints," 13 Sep. 2019 There are stories of him delivering drunks home safely in a wheel barrow. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "8 weird things about Workingman's Friend, the best blue-collar burger place in town," 25 Jan. 2018 Brokenshire’s cowardice in the face of a mob drunk on misleading reporting was appalling. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Where’s the Outrage at the Smear of Roger Scruton?," 17 July 2019

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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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