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
Recent Examples on the Web Imagine a drunkard stumbling around a room and bouncing off the walls. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by 2 Trailblazers of Probability and Dynamics," 18 Mar. 2020 The mansion is a masterclass in Korean modernism, made by a and filled with , with a manicured green lawn and hedges to keep the world—and its unwieldy drunkards—out. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Haunted Homes of Parasite," 8 Feb. 2020 Kudos to those who refused to kowtow to the fears that drunkards might declare the tree to be their own private Everest. al, "Masked Observer declares Mobile ‘THE place for Mardi Gras’," 5 Feb. 2020 Does this mean that the calculation for the drunkard’s walk doesn’t work on a rectangular grid? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’," 7 Sep. 2016 The movie centers on a down-and-out family that lives in a dingy, underground apartment, frequented by stink bugs and a drunkard prone to public urination. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Bong Joon-Ho on Violence in Film and the Influences Behind Parasite," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of drunkard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drunkard was in the 15th century

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19 May 2020

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“Drunkard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunkard. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drunkard

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


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

Kids Definition of drunkard

: a person who is often drunk


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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