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 The man had a blood-alcohol content of .234, well above the state minimum for drunk driving of .08. cleveland, "Drunk driver crashes in front of police station: Shaker Heights Police Blotter," 23 Apr. 2021 These were the days of loose drunk driving laws, very few female legislators, male lawmakers batching it and lobbyists eagerly picking up dinner and bar tabs. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Part of a storied era in California politics, James Mills helped preserve California and its history," 12 Apr. 2021 Rolbin Pacheco was charged with drunk driving and felony death by vehicle after reportedly striking and killing 36-year-old Cheston Edwards on March 29 in Princeton, North Carolina, police said. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Illegal immigrant charged after hit-and-run leaves father of two dead," 12 Apr. 2021 In 2017, police found Woods asleep at the wheel in Florida and arrested him for drunk driving. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Collision report reveals Tiger Woods' confusion, low blood pressure in Southern California crash," 9 Apr. 2021 Who got drunk and said something really offensive to somebody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Devon Ivie, Vulture, "The Most Punk, Irreverent, and Joyous of the Go-Go’s, According to Belinda Carlisle," 25 Mar. 2021 As for cultural change, Baird pointed to the campaign against drunk driving. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "It’s Time to Lift the Female Lockdown," 18 Mar. 2021 Corpus Christi police have issued warnings that focus on more traditional spring break concerns than COVID safety: drunk driving, traffic jams, beach litter and fire hazards. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "California and Texas brace for Spring Breakers after Florida sees crowded beaches," 7 Mar. 2021 Five months before Smart disappeared, a female student called the police and reported that Flores, apparently drunk, had climbed onto her balcony and refused to leave. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Kristin Smart’s family spent nearly 25 years tracking her killer. Now they hope to bring her home," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another had been arrested in Queens on a drunk-driving charge. New York Times, "In N.Y.C. Jail System, Guards Often Lie About Excessive Force," 24 Apr. 2021 The drunk was our version of a Shakespearian clown—blunt and wise. Marc Myers, WSJ, "David Alan Grier’s Acting Career Began With an Ice Cream Cone," 13 Apr. 2021 The deeper problem is that these movies perpetuate dubious biographical clichés about Welles, characterizing him variously as a tyrant, a charlatan, or a drunk. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "How “Mank” Distorts Orson Welles," 2 Apr. 2021 The man was always a complicated character — an angry drunk who suffered more than his fair share of loss — and his sendoff was appropriately fitting. Rachel Simon, Vulture, "Every Major Grey’s Anatomy Character Return, Ranked," 2 Apr. 2021 Six years later, Bailey returned with a biography of another midcentury drunk of gargantuan talent, John Cheever. New York Times, "Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?," 30 Mar. 2021 Finally, our Real Housewives of New Jersey stars get day-drunk on a boat and decide to play a prank on Joe Gorga, who takes it surprisingly well, to be honest. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Week in 'Wives: RHOA brings it home, RHOD and RHONJ stay away," 6 Mar. 2021 The 20-day unpaid suspension of New Orleans' homeland security director, Collin Arnold, has been extended an additional 40 days after his drunk-driving arrest, a spokesman for Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday. Mike A. Perlstein, NOLA.com, "Collin Arnold's 20-day suspension extended to 60 days, but he may return to work," 27 Jan. 2021 For the one drunk on love: Valentine's Day Card Ah, love. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 incredible Valentine's Day cards to send to your loved ones," 27 Jan. 2021

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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

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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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