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

drunk, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated

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 series chronicled the cast’s drunken brawls, hook ups and friendships and provided a look into their more adult lives. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "After Miami season, MTV's 'Jersey Shore' heads to New Jersey and Las Vegas this summer," 29 June 2018 Apparently, there have been drunken brawls at the Goodwood and Ascot in May, so officials are trying to make sure people behave in front of royalty. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is the Royal Ascot? Inside the Horse Race That’s a British High-Society Must," 19 June 2018 States across the country have been grappling with whether police need warrants to draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin court OKs unconscious drunken drivers’ blood draws," 3 July 2018 The following year, his probation was revoked after he was pulled over for second-offense drunken driving. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 2018 None of those killed was drinking, and no drunken drivers were identified in the crashes, according to law enforcement data. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Detroit leads large cities in pedestrian deaths," 2 July 2018 Messer, 49, who won his state House seat after his predecessor was killed by a drunken driver, has been convicted twice on such charges. NBC News, "GOP candidates' circular firing squad ahead of Indiana Senate primary," 30 Apr. 2018 In 1996, three people were injured when a drunken driver ran over their tent. CBS News, "Larry Harvey: Burning Man festival co-founder dead at 70," 28 Apr. 2018 Earlier that day, the complainant in that incident was cited for drunken driving after being found lying in the grass near a car that had been damaged. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Man surrenders after standoff with SWAT team: North Ridgeville Police Blotter," 27 Apr. 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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