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

None of the four drivers in the incident were found to be drunk, high or speeding, state police wrote. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Driver pays $280 fine, ending Md. traffic case after deaths of two law enforcement officers," 6 July 2018 In another telling, if someone got too drunk, he would be forcibly ejected out the front entrance and would be left on the sidewalk looking up at the building’s street number. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "A Restaurant “Eighty-Sixed” Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What Does That Mean?," 23 June 2018 Some victims were drunk, drugged, wearing dark clothing at midnight, jaywalking or just oblivious to danger. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Traffic engineers struggle to curb pedestrian deaths," 19 June 2018 At the end of Talking Dead, a sneak peak of the next episode of Fear the Walking Dead debuted: a scene in which a fully functional Morgan works alongside a relatively stable (if somewhat drunk) Strand to kill some zombies. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Confirms "Dangerous" and "Ferocious" Kim Dickens Twist," 10 June 2018 At the bachelor/bachelorette party, Carter gets too drunk, and Jude helps him home. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Fosters Series Finale Part 2 Recap: Never Sign A Pre-Nuptial Agreement," 6 June 2018 Smith, who police say appeared to be drunk, backed into a pole while trying to drive away. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He asked if exchange students were 'American boys' — and used a stun gun, Florida cops say | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Police initially suspected the driver was drunk, but then said the driver had a medical issue. Stephen English, star-telegram, "Woman killed on Fort Worth freeway was struck by multiple vehicles, police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 May 2018 This isn't the first time Ridge was arrested for driving his lawnmower while drunk, according to police records. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Man arrested after drunkenly driving lawn mower, cutting someone else's grass," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Also, off the coast of England, seagulls are getting drunk. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 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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