drunken

adjective
drunk·​en | \ˈdrəŋ-kən \

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 \ -​kən-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drunken

Synonyms

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]

Antonyms

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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Herndon, 22, was charged with drunken driving and traffic offenses, Peele said. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jets tight end and former Hurricanes star Chris Herndon charged with DWI after New Jersey crash," 5 June 2018 At the time of the crash, Harris' drivers license was revoked due to a drunken driving offense last August. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man gets 12 years for hit-and-run crash that killed a popular Milwaukee crossing guard," 5 June 2018 Image: Ryno Eksteen and Thomas Williams Mr. Hedlund said the American public understands drunken driving is bad, the laws against it are clear and police know how to deal with it. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Driving-Fatality Tests Find Opioid, Pot Use Rising," 31 May 2018 Drunken driving One of the major factors involved with fatal car crashes is drunken driving, according to NHTSA. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive; afternoon rush hour worse than morning," 26 May 2018 Teams spent like drunken sailors, lavishing long-term, big-money deals on not-so-immortals such as Bismack Biyombo and Timofey Mozgov. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 People were killed in cards and craps games and in Italian Market barbershops and on steamships and by drunken sailors and stalking suitors. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 And while Navarro may have been ready to be the drunken-sailor bidder, something probably amped up by the fact that this was his one shot at his local team, the league didn’t trust his money. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Speed, Discipline and a Whole Bunch of Cash: Inside the Odd Sale of the Carolina Panthers," 17 May 2018 Wisconsin police can legally draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers without a warrant, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin court OKs blood draws for suspected drunk drivers who are unconscious," 3 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ noun

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