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 After failing her field sobriety test, the woman was arrested for drunken driving. John Benson, cleveland, 16 June 2021 The fatal incident was one of two serious crashes Sunday allegedly involving drunken driving in the District, according to police. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 Police said the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Urquidi, 36, of Portage, has been charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2021 The war just kept getting bigger, even as Johnson spent like a drunken sailor on his domestic agenda. James Jay Carafano, Star Tribune, 2 May 2021 Throw a fake tantrum about the national debt to hamstring the economy and drag down a Democratic president, then turn on a dime when their party takes power and spend like a drunken sailor on tax cuts for the rich and the military. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 20 Oct. 2020 The motorist was subsequently arrested for drunken driving. cleveland, 5 June 2021 Quarterly misconduct reports from past years show that officers have been arrested for drunken driving, domestic violence and public intoxication. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Athanasios Venardos, 31, of Palos Hills, was arrested and accused of drunken driving and disobeying a stop sign May 21 at 105th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021

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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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“Drunken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunken. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 drunken (audio) \ noun

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