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

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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 That police stop — Ford eventually pleaded no contest to drunken driving and paid a fine — became international news because Ford was a swaggering, old-school tycoon with his name atop the Glass House, Ford Motor Co.'s headquarters in Dearborn. Bill Mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "How a 1975 traffic stop thrust Kathy DuRoss into gossipy stardom with Henry Ford II," 11 May 2020 The Elyria man was arrested and charged with drunken driving, speeding, expired plates and excess blood-alcohol content. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Neighbors’ garage doors damaged: North Ridgeville Police Blotter," 8 May 2020 The inmates bringing the lawsuit are Craig Sussek, who was sentenced to 80 years in prison in 1996 for attempted homicide and burglary, and Raymond Ninneman, who has a little over a year left of a two-year sentence for drunken driving. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Inmates and ACLU ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to release prisoners over coronavirus concerns," 10 Apr. 2020 Sheriff Rigel tells his deputies to write citations — and not to book people into jail — for misdemeanors except for drunken driving and domestic abuse charges. Anna Flagg, New York Times, "The Churn in America’s Jails," 31 Mar. 2020 An Indiana man charged with drunken driving last week also was charged with disobeying the state’s stay-at-home order, and a California man was fined $1,000 for surfing in defiance of beach closures there. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "He Was Ordered to Self-Isolate. He Didn’t. Now He’s Facing Criminal Charges.," 30 Mar. 2020 Two Minnesota motorists died in separate drunken driving crashes over the Halloween holiday. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Maplewood man among 2 killed in DWI collisions in Minnesota," 1 Nov. 2019 The list includes people accused of injuring their 6-month-old child, severely injuring a family member and seriously injuring someone in a drunken driving crash. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Crime Stoppers needs your help finding these fugitives," 18 Oct. 2019 The man accused of killing an off-duty Milwaukee police officer in a drunken driving crash had been sued by the city two weeks earlier for property damage caused by negligent driving, according to court documents. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man accused in hit-and-run killing of off-duty Milwaukee police officer was previously sued by city," 5 July 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Drunken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunken. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drunken

: drunk or often becoming drunk
: caused by drinking too much alcohol
: involving people who are drunk


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


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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