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

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Other Words from drunken

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for drunken


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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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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The 53-year-old Rocky River man was arrested for drunken driving. cleveland.com, "Report of woman doing gymnastics in a grocery store: Rocky River Police Blotter," 12 Sep. 2019 The driver was cited for drunken driving, Botsch said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two cars have crashed into West Allis homes in less than a week," 10 Sep. 2019 Jessica Ann Martin, 36, was sentenced in exchange for pleading no contest to two gross vehicular manslaughter counts, as well as drunken driving and other charges related to the October 2018 crash. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "‘My baby and husband are gone forever’: DUI driver in fatal East Bay crash takes 15 year deal," 7 Sep. 2019 Indiana State Police early Sunday announced a motorist’s arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, after a rollover crash injured a 1-year-old boy who wasn’t properly restrained in a child safety seat. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "1-year-old boy injured in rollover crash; Indiana State Police arrest driver on suspicion of drunken driving," 1 Sep. 2019 But Levy did have one blot on his record: a 1996 arrest and conviction for drunken driving in Alameda County, California, where he was sentenced to three days in jail and three years probation, public records show. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Negron was subsequently jailed after Mambrino learned he had been arrested for drunken driving while out on bail for the hit and run. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford man sentenced to four years for fatal hit and run, injuring woman in drunken driving crash," 30 Aug. 2019 States rely on paper notifications sent by mail to notify each other when a driver from another state should have his or her license suspended, including for serious infractions such as drunken driving. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "N.H. suspends 900 licenses after review, but Sununu says it’s a ‘different situation’ than Mass.," 28 Aug. 2019 Twice a year, during the Thai New Year in April and the Western New Year in January, campaigns warn against drunken driving, complete with billboards of gory crashes. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of drunken

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


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


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 drunkenness (audio) \ noun

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