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

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Other Words from drunken

drunkenly adverb
drunkenness \ ˈdrəŋ-​kən-​nəs How to pronounce drunkenness (audio) \ 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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The trailer already features some promising material to look forward to: a drunken Rudolph serenading Dratch on a piano, for instance, and then completely face-planting off of it. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Wine Country Looks Like the Next Bridesmaids," 11 Apr. 2019 One night, a group of drunken men insulted and attacked her, shooting her three times. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 Russian authorities have detained a drunken man who boarded a commercial flight in the Siberian city of Surgut bound for Moscow. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Drunken Siberian Man Hijacks Commercial Plane Bound for Moscow," 22 Jan. 2019 Goldsmith admitted hitting his wife and knocking her to the ground after a drunken argument which was allegedly over his drug use. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's estranged half-brother demands relatives to be treated like Kate Middleton's family," 22 Aug. 2018 The guy was arrested for allegedly shoving a gun against his girlfriend’s head in a drunken argument. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Royal wedding betrays the less-than-classy side of an American bride's family," 18 May 2018 Those shots were then interspersed among the video’s gripping narrative, which depicts the backstory of a drunken young woman leaving a bar with her date. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Why Chris Janson Wept When He Saw His New 'Drunk Girl' Music Video: 'This One Broke Me Down Quick'," 22 May 2018 The drunken woman was not wearing shoes, had an empty purse and her hair was disheveled. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman says ex-boyfriend came at her with knife: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 At the second address, the 10-year-old daughter of Marland Reed, convicted in Arizona of aggravated drunken driving, answers Special Agent Torrez’s knock. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "California agents are on the hunt for targeted guns," 24 Feb. 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 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 drunkenness (audio) \ noun

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