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 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 According to an annual state audit published in July, 31,235 people were convicted for drunken or drugged driving. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer uses 'pocket veto' on bill to allow expungement of first-time drunk driving," 5 Jan. 2021 In 2014, a 35-year-old woman called police repeatedly from her San Francisco apartment, asking for protection from her drunken, violent boyfriend. San Francisco Chronicle, "The best of Chronicle storytelling," 1 Jan. 2021 The sheriff's department told CBS Los Angeles Monday that the drunken driving portion of the case remains under investigation and investigators are still waiting on toxicology results. CBS News, "California philanthropist charged with murder in hit-and-run crash that killed 2 young brothers," 31 Dec. 2020 But his most visible stock in trade was trouble — a marital fight, a star blurting a racist remark, a drunken toot. New York Times, "Howard J. Rubenstein, Public Relations Impresario, Dies at 88," 29 Dec. 2020 The sub’s cynical, kind-hearted captain gives a drunken speech mocking Hitler, possibly so the audience will feel better about watching a thousand-hour-long movie about protagonists fighting for Hitler. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "My Year Watching Submarine Movies," 22 Dec. 2020 White Sox manager Tony La Russa, 76, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to resolve misdemeanor drunken driving charges from his February arrest in metro Phoenix. Chronicle News Services, SFChronicle.com, "Army takes Liberty Bowl spot left by Tennessee’s withdrawal," 21 Dec. 2020 In 2019, the state reported that 31,235 people were convicted of offenses related to drunken or drugged driving, according to an annual audit. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers approve expungement of first-time DUIs, automatic record clearing for juveniles," 17 Dec. 2020 On Thursday, the show — based on Chris Bohjalian’s mystery novel about a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up after a drunken first date to find her suitor, Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), dead in bed with her — ended. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "The Flight Attendant Is Full Of Covetable Coats. Here Are The Styles You Can Still Buy.," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Drunken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunken. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for drunken

drunken

adjective
How to pronounce drunken (audio)

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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