in·​ebri·​at·​ed i-ˈnē-brē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce inebriated (audio)
: exhilarated or confused by or as if by alcohol : intoxicated

Examples of inebriated in a Sentence

Three cowboys, complete with hats and six-shooters, were downing beer and blasting away at empty cans and an old television set.  … Their voices—and their aim—made it clear they were totally inebriated. Warren Faidley, Storm Chaser, 1996
The creamery manager, it seems, staggered to his car, but was too inebriated to even start the engine … Edna O'Brien, New Yorker, 23 Jan. 1989
Monty Python's Terry Jones—a medieval scholar as well as an accomplished lunatic—springs from the tradition of Andersen and the brothers Grimm like a slightly inebriated chameleon, adding new color and his own whacky humor to the classic style and form of the fairy tale. Carol Van Strum, New York Times Book Review, 16 Jan. 1983
He was clearly inebriated when he left the bar. after a night spent partying, the fraternity brothers were all severely inebriated
Recent Examples on the Web In the room, an inebriated Hopson kissed the youngster, removed her clothes and forced himself on her, according to the documents. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 In the scene, a very inebriated Di Caprio struggles mightily to try to get into the vehicle and drive it home from the country club. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 Police say the boy was driving because the woman, Jessica Lawson, 36, was too inebriated, according to the Idaho State Journal, East Idaho News and Local News 8. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 And Mark Gagliardi became incredibly inebriated, even by Drunk History standards, while telling Derek Waters about Reeves in a 2015 episode. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Nov. 2023 During the sequence, the actor’s inebriated character struggles to get into the Lambo and drive it home from a country club, taking a number of outrageous pratfalls in the process. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2023 In one scenario, a guard roughly removes an inebriated woman from the shopping center. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 The Netherlands capital deploys red-jacket hosts to offer advice about local attractions, assist overly inebriated revelers, and de-escalate drunken brawls. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Aug. 2023 In the slapstick sequence, DiCaprio’s extremely inebriated character, real-life financier Jordan Belfort, struggles mightily to get inside his Lambo and drive home, taking a tumble down the stairs in the process. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


see inebriate entry 2

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inebriated was in 1609

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“Inebriated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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: affected by or as if by alcohol : being intoxicated

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