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 Because the man was drunk, the officer cited him for disorderly conduct. John Benson, cleveland, "Drunk resident cited for disorderly conduct after out-of-control bonfire: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 14 Oct. 2020 The next day, Johnson went to a bar and got drunk on gin and beer, followed by half an Ambien. Washington Post, "A jury sentenced him to 74 years in prison. Some now say it wasn’t their choice.," 27 Sep. 2020 One night last week, a bunch of us got drunk outside. refinery29.com, "Secret Parties & Zero Hookups: This Is Dorm Life In 2020," 14 Sep. 2020 His full name is Stanley Thomas Tucker Jr., after his father who was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver when the younger Tucker was 8. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "At Stan the Man’s bookmobile, kids buy books with acts of kindness," 1 Oct. 2020 He was found to be drunk and it was learned the incident occurred after an argument over bugs in the home. cleveland, "Shoplifter takes more than merchandise from Walmart: South Euclid Police Blotter," 25 Sep. 2020 Schulz’s father, Christopher, was killed last August when his golf cart was struck by a drunk driver near Seneca Park. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Friday Night Rewind: Schulz, Simpkins have breakout games in Trinity's victory over Male," 19 Sep. 2020 Brandon Mendoza, was killed by a drunk driver in a head-on collision in 2014 on his way home from work. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "RNC speaker pulled from lineup after boosting QAnon-tied conspiracy about Jewish people," 26 Aug. 2020 Eliminating the licenses also would decriminalize alcohol possession, although the Emirates maintains a strict no-tolerance policy on drunk driving and public intoxication. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Abu Dhabi, UAE's conservative capital, ends alcohol licenses," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McCarthy resigned a week later after information about two past drunk-driving arrests was disclosed. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton council nixes charter amendment that would make resigned, removed elected officials wait 4 years before running again," 22 Sep. 2020 Talbot, overwhelmed by caring for an alcoholic mother who had kidney disease and suffered a stroke, was in the worst shape, morphing from a good-time drunk to raging and violent. Matt Hendrickson, New York Times, "Idles Are Throwing a Post-Punk Revolution, and Everyone’s Invited," 22 Sep. 2020 McCarthy, Langshaw’s replacement, resigned after information about two past drunk-driving arrests was disclosed on social media. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton appoints retired Sherwin-Williams HR director to City Council: Updated," 8 Sep. 2020 But scientists are working on what might be a new way to determine intoxication, by returning to a stereotypical characteristic of the drunk that’s actually true: that soused walk. Matt Simon, Wired, "Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking," 7 Sep. 2020 Kenneth Junkin, who's from Gordo, Alabama, performs as Otis Campbell, the endearing town drunk. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "'Andy Griffith' tribute artists, actors and more start filming a movie in Danville," 6 Sep. 2020 Defense attorneys portrayed Brailsford as a model citizen and Shaver as a reckless drunk. Washington Post, "Prosecutors charged more police after Ferguson but struggled to win convictions. Will that change after George Floyd?," 4 Sep. 2020 That is the same level of charge, for example, as a first offense for driving drunk. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah students and staff who don’t wear masks in schools can be charged with a misdemeanor," 19 Aug. 2020 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk-driving crashes in the United States claim more than 10,000 lives a year. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Your smartphone may be able to tell you when you're drunk," 18 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunk. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for drunk

drunk

adjective
How to pronounce drunk (audio)

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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