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 drunkenness (audio) \ 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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Records show Zhukovskyy, who was working for a Massachusetts transport company at the time of the crash, has been stopped twice on suspicion of drunken driving in the past seven years. NBC News, "Driver pleads not guilty in motorcycle crash that killed 7," 25 June 2019 Records show Zhukovskyy, who was working for a Massachusetts transport company at the time of the crash, has been stopped twice on suspicion of drunken driving in the past seven years. Michael Casey, Anchorage Daily News, "Driver pleads not guilty in New Hampshire crash into motorcyclists that killed 7," 25 June 2019 Siewert has a spotty police record, including a misdemeanor bail-jumping and three drunken-driving convictions. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz lobs f-bomb at critic after Facebook spat," 5 June 2019 Rodriguez Palacios was involved in another drunken driving incident in June 2015. oregonlive.com, "3 teens killed after being hit by drunken driver in Salem, police say," 3 June 2019 Each new acquisition comes with questions, from Brown’s health woes to Crabtree’s diminished production to the drunken-driving suspension and hamstring injury that marred Snead’s 2017 season. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens' new wide receivers show early signs of promise during workouts," 1 June 2018 Making policy based on the exceptions would be like pointing at the sober driver who causes an accident as justification for repealing drunken-driving laws. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 4.22.18 Issue," 4 May 2018 Fergus Connolly, Michigan football's now former director of performance science/operations, faces nine criminal charges — including three felonies — stemming from a March 5 drunken driving arrest in Ann Arbor. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan staffer Fergus Connolly faces 9 charges, including 3 felonies," 19 Apr. 2018 An Aurora man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a 2016 drunken driving crash in the city that killed 9-year-old Katie Jonak of Aurora. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Man gets 13 years in prison for DUI crash that killed Aurora girl," 29 Mar. 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 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 drunkenness (audio) \ noun

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