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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Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Shawn Neudauer tells the Star Tribune Diaz-Carbajal was deported to Mexico in 2012 because of three drunken-driving convictions and one for domestic assault. Fox News, "Feds: Man charged in Minnesota stabbing was in US illegally," 22 Aug. 2018 Image Four months in jail and community service is the penalty a former New York City police officer has ended up paying for killing a 22-year-old student last year in a drunken-driving accident in Queens. New York Times, "Ex-Officer Who Killed Student While Driving Drunk Is Freed," 8 June 2018 Vehicles are not held responsible for drunken-driving deaths. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Cellphones aren’t blamed in texting-while-driving deaths. Why blame guns for mass shootings?," 31 Mar. 2018 Safety agencies say safer cars, improved roadways and stricter drunken-driving laws are behind the overall decrease in deaths and that even fewer people would have died if speed limits hadn’t increased. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Speed-Limit Boosts Show No Signs of Slowing Down," 16 Mar. 2018 New drunken-driving legislation got a mixed reception Tuesday, with a House committee advancing one bill and delaying a vote on the other. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "New program could erase 1st-time DUI charges, if lawmakers approve it | Idaho Statesman," 27 Feb. 2018 Pollock's struggles with alcoholism and untimely death in a drunken-driving accident gave his story a tragic end while adding to his popular cachet and auction-house value. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Many shades of gray define new exhibit at Elizabeth Leach Gallery," 7 Jan. 2018 Cheney himself—exquisitely realized by Christian Bale from his beginnings as a drunken adolescent in Wyoming to his full-flowering, 40 years and at least 40 pounds later, as nonpareil hoarder and wielder of power under Bush 43—though, is no joke. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 Suddenly a car came hurtling down the steep road, ricocheting off parked cars as its drunken driver struggled to regain control, witnesses told police. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 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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