drunk

Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past participle of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \

Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : having the faculties impaired by alcohol
b : having a level of alcohol in the blood that exceeds a maximum prescribed by law legally drunk
2 : dominated by an intense feeling drunk with rage
3 : relating to, caused by, or characterized by intoxication : drunken drunk driving

drunk

noun

Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a period of drinking to intoxication or of being intoxicated a 2-day drunk
2 : one who is drunk especially : drunkard

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Synonyms & Antonyms for drunk

Synonyms: Adjective

besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunken, 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]

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], lush, rummy, soak, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

Antonyms: Adjective

sober, straight

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Examples of drunk in a Sentence

Adjective

I don't like being around drunk people. She was so drunk that she could barely walk. I was drunk and couldn't think straight. We got drunk on wine.

Noun

you can't trust anything that old drunk says after a weeklong drunk he was unable to remember anything
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Officials at Shuiyun Water Park said the wave machine malfunctioned, and that the worker operating the machine was not drunk, as some media originally reported. Washington Post, "44 people were injured when a waterpark wave machine launched a crushing tsunami," 1 Aug. 2019 Like the nice guy who becomes a mean drunk, the social media loosens what should remain restrained. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Trolling of Shanann Watts’ family exposes the other dark web," 25 July 2019 The Manchester workers were drunk, Barron told police, and a fight started between the two crews, the report said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester police make arrest after man hit and killed by pickup truck," 15 July 2019 In the interview with detectives, Danielle Redlick said her husband was drunk, belligerent and following her around the house after discovering her texts with a man Jan. 10. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park woman accused in husband’s killing says text from other man sent him into ‘rage’," 5 June 2019 There is a sequence in this novel in which Maigret waits in the rain outside a proper little bourgeois house until his suspect emerges, then follows him, encounters him in a bar, watches him get drunk, and listens to him rave. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 But her speech took a searing turn when the 17-year-old went off script, criticizing a school counselor and claiming that one of her teachers was an alcoholic who was drunk during class. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Teen’s accusations in viral valedictorian speech may have been unfounded, report says," 19 July 2019 The only reason his client’s punch sent him to the ground was because the older man was drunk and had poor balance at the time, Gray argued. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Guilty verdict in trial of 22-year-old man who assaulted man outside State Fair," 19 July 2019 Spacey, 59, was accused of getting an 18-year-old man drunk and then groping him at a Nantucket restaurant and bar where the teen worked as a busboy. Washington Post, "Prosecutors drop case against Kevin Spacey," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chief Logsdon thinks that this is, on balance, a good thing, because local prohibition meant that local drunks were on the local roads coming back from bars or liquor stores. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 At the time of Friday’s crash, Zhukovskyy was free on $2,500 bond in a pending drunk driving case in Connecticut, court records show. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. man charged with 7 counts of negligent homicide in N.H. crash," 24 June 2019 Today, there are nine drug courts in Bexar County — each one with a different focus: juveniles, misdemeanor drug offenders, felony drug offenders, parents in danger of losing their children and chronic drunk driving offenders. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Another drug court in San Antonio will tackle problem of family violence," 17 June 2019 Both fathers were bankers (although Mr. Banks is not a drunk) and both mothers were frivolous (although Mrs. Banks is not suicidal). Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Surprising Real-Life Inspiration for Mary Poppins," 16 Nov. 2018 So, for a drunk who is on a point that lies on a 2-by-2 square from the starting point, the average increase in distance is one-fourth of a block, and for one who is on a 4-by-4 square, the average increase falls to one-eighth of a block. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’," 7 Sep. 2016 The animal’s owner was passed out drunk behind the wheel. Robert Garrison, The Denver Post, "15-foot snake slithers out of parked car in Denver as drunk owner lays passed out," 14 July 2019 Then there was Ethan Couch, a Texas teenager who killed four people and severely injured another while driving drunk in June 2016. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Elite Kid Justice: Are Privileged Teenagers More Likely to Get a Slap on the Wrist?," 5 July 2019 Eleven years ago, a woman struck and killed a law enforcement officer’s wife while driving drunk in Mounds View. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Woman convicted of driving drunk and killing deputy’s wife is arrested again for suspected DUI," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of drunk

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drunk

Adjective

Middle English drunke, alteration of drunken

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drunk

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having drunk so much alcohol that normal actions (such as talking, thinking, and moving) become difficult to do
: behaving in an unusual or improper way because of excitement, anger, etc.

drunk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 2)

disapproving : a person who is drunk or who often gets drunk
informal : a period of time when someone drinks too much alcohol

drunk

Kids Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past participle of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \
drunker; drunkest

Kids Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : being so much under the influence of alcohol that normal thinking and acting become difficult or impossible
2 : controlled by a strong feeling drunk with power

drunk

noun

Kids Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

drunk

Medical Definition of drunk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past part of drink

drunk

adjective
\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (audio) \

Medical Definition of drunk (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : having the faculties impaired by alcohol
2 : of, relating to, or caused by intoxication : drunken convicted of drunk drivingTime

drunk

noun

Medical Definition of drunk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a period of drinking to intoxication or of being intoxicated
2 : one who is drunk especially : drunkard

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