drunkard

noun
drunk·​ard | \ ˈdrəŋ-kərd How to pronounce drunkard (audio) \

Definition of drunkard

: one who is habitually drunk

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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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The drunkard is sober enough to navigate a whole block before making a random choice at the next intersection. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’," 7 Sep. 2016 Sir Toby is sassy, a sybarite and a drunkard, but Steven Barkhimer was almost sober. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 The drunkard’s walk, at the level of atoms and molecules, has long been known to underlie Brownian motion and the diffusion of fluids. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’," 7 Sep. 2016 But along the way Franklin met a friend of his, a drunkard down on his luck. Sam Kean, WSJ, "‘Young Benjamin Franklin’ Review: Poor Richard Sows His Oats," 17 Sep. 2018 Her concern reminds me of Abraham Lincoln’s response when advised that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was a drunkard and should be fired. WSJ, "Trump Gossip Can’t Overshadow His Triumphs," 4 Jan. 2019 But one bar in Kerala, India decided to enforce the drunkard's walk late last year. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Pass Through a Maze to Enter This Bar in India? Challenge Accepted," 16 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of drunkard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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drunkard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drunkard

disapproving : a person who is drunk or who often gets drunk

drunkard

noun
drunk·​ard | \ ˈdrəŋ-kərd How to pronounce drunkard (audio) \

Kids Definition of drunkard

: a person who is often drunk

drunkard

noun
drunk·​ard | \ ˈdrəŋ-kərd How to pronounce drunkard (audio) \

Medical Definition of drunkard

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

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