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

drunken, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, drinker, drunkard, inebriate

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 party also withdrew its endorsement of a former state senator with multiple drunk driving arrests, who is vying for the open state Senate seat. Alex Seitz-wald /, NBC News, "Rhode Island Democrats rescind endorsements following backlash," 5 July 2018 Within that timeframe, drunk driving deaths accounted for 41 percent of all fatalities on U.S. roads. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "27 suspected drunk drivers arrested in Houston area over holiday weekend," 5 July 2018 Moscow’s traffic management authority said the driver was not drunk and Interfax news agency cited a source saying there was no alcohol in his blood. Anchorage Daily News, "Taxi plows into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injuring eight," 16 June 2018 DeWolfe was found guilty of driving drunk in Natick in 1985 and in Medway in 2005, records show. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Tyngsborough woman with history of drunk driving due in court for arraignment," 10 July 2018 Camille gets drunk on Maker's Mark and ends up sleeping in her car. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 One visited New York’s Coney Island and saw a 16-year-old cyclist get drunk on wine provided by a beautiful but nefarious older woman. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Stone said the 23-year-old male passenger, from Vista, surrendered and was jailed on a charge of being drunk in public. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos pursuit suspect drives over cemetery graves," 11 May 2018 Operating a vehicle under the influence, West Bagley Road: A Broadview Heights man, 35, was arrested at about 10:45 p.m. May 4 after police caught him driving drunk on West Bagley. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Road rage leads to punches outside Circle K; drunk Cleveland man challenges police to fight: Berea police blotter," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Also, off the coast of England, seagulls are getting drunk. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 At the time of the fatal Reading crash, DeWolfe had an ignition interlock system intended to prevent her from driving drunk. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Tyngsborough woman with history of drunk driving due in court for arraignment," 10 July 2018 Even employees who had lost their licenses after driving drunk got different assignments. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnancy discrimination is rampant inside America’s biggest companies," 16 June 2018 Police have released the mugshot of actor Vince Vaughn after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Manhattan Beach. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vince Vaughn Arrested for DUI, Resisting Arrest," 10 June 2018 The story is brought alive by Mr French’s Shanghai-noir telling, which echoes Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy: Illicit hooch becomes a lethal blend…and drunks stagger and collapse on the Avenue Haig. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 That was the year after three judges were compelled to resign after substance abuse scandals — two drove under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication and one showed up drunk on the bench. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Thirteen Broward judges leaving the bench in 2018," 6 July 2018 According to a UT Austin study of all 273 U.S. cities with a population of more than 100,000, ride-hailing services reduced fatal drunk driving crashes by 10 to 11 percent. Daniel Sperling, Scientific American, "Can Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?," 5 July 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)

: 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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