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

One time the neighbor was obviously drunk and tried to come into our house. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "Shea McGee Of Studio McGee Remembers Her First Apartment," 27 Dec. 2018 The Los Angeles Police Department said a third person may have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "2 arrested after Mexico's World Cup victory sparks celebrations in Pacoima, East L.A.," 18 June 2018 A year ago, an Arizona college student got drunk in a restaurant bar, went speeding down the wrong side of an interstate, and slammed into the car of two Mooresville sisters hoping to watch the sun come up over the Grand Canyon. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "He was drunk but the bar kept serving, so two sisters died. Now the bar will pay," 12 June 2018 He was eventually arrested and charged with being drunk in public, indecent exposure and assault on law enforcement. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Naked man arrested in Fairfax County," 7 June 2018 Outside, one person was arrested and charged with assault on an officer and being drunk in public. Kxtv, Sacramento, USA TODAY, "Embattled Sacramento council cancels meeting for Stephon Clark's wake as community seethes," 28 Mar. 2018 But noted that one man was arrested outside City Hall for assault on an officer and being drunk in public. Madison Park, CNN, "Sacramento residents voice outrage over Stephon Clark's shooting death," 28 Mar. 2018 When police arrived, the report said, Francis was arrested, accused of being drunk in public. Alexandria Alejandro, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Former Rockets star Steve Francis charged with public intoxication," 20 Mar. 2018 The former was a simple Bordeaux meant to be drunk relatively young, while the latter was a great Bordeaux from an okay vintage. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Is That Wine You’ve Been Hoarding Actually Valuable?," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bar was a watering hole for artists, prostitutes, pimps, drunks and whoever else might have walked in that night. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 If that’s off from what your normal state is, Uber’s app guesses you’re drunk and adapts accordingly. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Uber Is Trying to Find Out When You've Had One Too Many," 11 June 2018 Dumping untreated drunks and junkies who have been warehoused for years into communities with no support is such a marvelous idea. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "21 Floridians a day die from drugs while legislators cut treatment," 18 May 2018 After charging a 20-year-old woman with driving drunk and killing a 36-year-old woman and her infant son, prosecutors have now charged three others with providing alcohol to the underage woman at a local bar. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "4 charged in suspected drunken driving crash that killed Clear Lake mom, baby," 5 Apr. 2018 In the first case, the State Police denied a request for reports of police caught driving drunk and a judge accused of stealing a $4,000 watch. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records," 29 Mar. 2018 The Sleep Foundation notes that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes every year, and can be just as bad as driving drunk. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 Ford then described a drunk Kavanaugh attacking her in the 1980s at a high school party. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Emotional Kavanaugh decries ‘circus’ and maintains innocence, as Ford testifies he ‘sexually assaulted me’," 28 Sep. 2018 Jack’s grandfather, who is very much a drunk, grumbles into the waiting room and offers Jack’s dad a swig of his flask. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Finally Introduces Jack's Brother Nicky," 17 Oct. 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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