drunken

adjective
drunk·​en | \ ˈdrəŋ-kən How to pronounce drunken (audio) \

Definition of drunken

1 : drunk sense 1 a drunken driver
2 obsolete : saturated with liquid
3a : given to habitual excessive use of alcohol
b : of, relating to, or characterized by intoxication they come from … broken homes, drunken homes— P. B. Gilliam
c : resulting from or as if from intoxication a drunken brawl
4 : unsteady or lurching as if from alcoholic intoxication

Other Words from drunken

drunkenly adverb
drunkenness \ ˈdrəŋ-​kən-​nəs How to pronounce drunken (audio) \ noun

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Examples of drunken in a Sentence

The streets were filled with drunken revelers on New Year's Eve. He lives in an apartment with his drunken mother. He fell into a drunken stupor. A drunken brawl broke out at the bar.
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Recent Examples on the Web Cigar in hand and a shot of tequila nearby, Texas native White would bemuse his fans with tales of drunken escapades. Rodney Ho, ajc, 11 Jan. 2022 All this is brought to a head after way too much wine in Marshal’s blissfully played, drunken truth-telling. David Benedict, Variety, 7 Jan. 2022 Occasionally a kidnapper would call in a drunken rage threatening to kill the hostages. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Jon Gruden lost his job in Las Vegas because of old emails and the Raiders cut star receiver Henry Ruggs III following a fatal drunken driving crash. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 She’d been convicted of her third drunken driving offense and was sentenced in May to three months in jail and two years probation. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2022 As might a drunken, obnoxious uncle on rubbery legs, the new year has moved in with no clear sign of a sober departure. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 Though those memories tend to be from other people’s drunken behavior. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Author couples are notoriously combustible, whether the drunken brawl of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett or the infidelity and suicidal demons of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Colleen Long, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of drunken

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drunken

Middle English, from Old English druncen, from past participle of drincan to drink

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The first known use of drunken was before the 12th century

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15 Jan 2022

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“Drunken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunken. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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drunken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of drunken

: drunk or often becoming drunk
: caused by drinking too much alcohol
: involving people who are drunk

drunken

adjective
drunk·​en | \ ˈdrəŋ-kən How to pronounce drunken (audio) \

Kids Definition of drunken

2 : resulting from being drunk a drunken sleep

Other Words from drunken

drunkenly adverb
drunkenness noun

drunken

adjective
drunk·​en | \ ˈdrəŋ-kən How to pronounce drunken (audio) \

Medical Definition of drunken

1 : drunk sense 1 a drunken driver
2a : given to habitual excessive use of alcohol
b : of, relating to, or characterized by intoxication drunken parties
c : resulting from or as if from intoxication a drunken stupor

Other Words from drunken

drunkenly adverb
drunkenness \ -​kən-​nəs How to pronounce drunken (audio) \ noun

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