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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Michiganders have had enough of Democrat Gretchen Whitmer's nanny state Whitmer is drunk on her own power! Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'The government is not my mother': Michigan barber who defied lockdown rallies crowd of protesters," 14 May 2020 Clavin bursts this picture by noting that most antagonists stood fairly close to one another as they were not only drunk at the time but poor shots as well. Paul Sedan, The Christian Science Monitor, "What really happened at the O.K. Corral," 12 May 2020 After an instructor who was drunk gave a Germantown High School student a driving lesson, the driving school will suspend all operations for two months, under an order from the state. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin DMV suspends Just Drive's Germantown driving school franchise after instructor gave lesson while drunk," 30 Mar. 2020 Once dinner was over, and the drinks had been drunk, the pair wanted to find a place to dance with their friends. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Chefs Behind Pujol and Cosme Are Heading to Vegas," 9 Jan. 2020 According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, drunk driving accounted for 70 collisions in Glendale that resulted in a death or injury during 2016 — the most recent year the state department has for statistics. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "GPD receives $280K grant to help with traffic safety," 3 Oct. 2019 Nany's clearly still drunk and angry, and things escalate. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: An elimination upset rocks the bunker," 14 May 2020 The driver was not drunk, but did have an open container of alcohol and a gun in the vehicle. cleveland, "Driver found with gun and alcohol in vehicle: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 30 Apr. 2020 But Merrill lashed out at him, too, suggesting anyone who has trouble right now making a copy of their driver’s license is some kind of idiot or drunk. Kyle Whitmire, al, "The John Merrill Show is on again. Somebody change the channel.," 22 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many Anchorage residents viewed the prison farm as a vacation resort for drunks. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "There’s a golf course there now, but Anchorage prisoners used to farm at Russian Jack Springs Park," 12 Apr. 2020 The Scottish government was putting drunk-driving PSAs into Xbox 360 titles as early as 2007. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "British government starts pushing social distancing via in-game ads," 6 Apr. 2020 Demonstrators, some of whom appeared drunk, put up road blocks, burned tires and clashed with riot police who moved to clear access. Fox News, "Ukrainians throw bricks at buses carrying coronavirus evacuees from China," 21 Feb. 2020 West Bloomfield Township officials had asked the governor to remove Lobodocky after an incident in which the treasurer allegedly arrived at the township hall drunk and accosted female employees, according to the Associated Press. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State teeters on edge of gridlock while board members continue to fight," 12 Dec. 2019 The real goal was getting drunks off the street, remember? Daniel Burke, CNN, "St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus," 6 Dec. 2019 Drunkenness: Nobottom Road A Berea woman, 72, was cited at about 1 p.m. Sept. 27 after police found her drunk on Nobottom. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Drunk man rams SUV into car’s rear-end, drives away; drunk woman seen walking in street: Berea police blotter," 3 Oct. 2019 The claims include that Jackson, the White House physician, had wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a Secret Service going-away party. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Ronny Jackson withdraws as Trump's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs," 26 Apr. 2018 Is your husband a loose cannon, a drunk, a misogynist, a verbal abuser? Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Derogatory comment tears family apart," 14 July 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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The first known use of drunk was in the 14th century

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“Drunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunk. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for drunk

drunk

adjective
How to pronounce drunk (audio)

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

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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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