drunkard

noun
drunk·ard | \ˈdrəŋ-kərd \

Definition of drunkard 

: one who is habitually drunk

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Synonyms for drunkard

Synonyms

alcoholic, drinker, drunk, inebriate

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Examples of drunkard in a Sentence

Her father was a drunkard. accused him of being a no-good drunkard who needed professional help for his problem

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If Hines sounds like a far cry from the slick-talking drunkard Toby Jones, that’s no accident. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "Robert Hines, of 'Toby Jones' fame, is very funny, and very serious about his new direction," 2 July 2018 Their models animate like drunkards and have a habit of looking over Jon’s right shoulder at all times. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 But as the saying has it, God has a special providence for fools, drunkards and the United States of America. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Summer Jobs Teach Real-World Lessons," 31 May 2018 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 To be a cop stuck there alone after Labor Day, when only the fishermen and tradesmen and drunkards remain, is quite another. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Sometimes sheer loss released him from the prison of himself, if only into grief: The death of his mother, and of his drunkard sons, touched him to the core. Richard Brookhiser, WSJ, "John Quincy Adams on Paper," 28 July 2017 The Hilltop, ruled over by drunkard and chauvinist Gregory (Xander Berkeley), took nearly four months to create, its 18th century architecture brick exterior concealing an interior that is basically a shell, devoid of any walls. Lisa Marie Pane, kansascity, "A new season dawns for ‘Walking Dead’ on Oct. 22," 20 Oct. 2017 This epic story of Buford Wilson, a drunkard from Memphis, earned Tucker her first No. 1 record -- with a performance that stands as one of the most mysterious of all time. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Tanya Tucker's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of drunkard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for drunkard

drunkard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drunkard

: a person who is drunk or who often gets drunk

drunkard

noun
drunk·ard | \ˈdrəŋ-kərd \

Kids Definition of drunkard

: a person who is often drunk

drunkard

noun
drunk·ard | \ˈdrəŋ-kərd \

Medical Definition of drunkard 

: one suffering from or subject to acute or chronic alcoholism : one who habitually becomes drunk

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