in·​ebri·​at·​ed | \ i-ˈnē-brē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce inebriated (audio) \

Definition of inebriated

: exhilarated or confused by or as if by alcohol : intoxicated

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inebriated


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, 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]


sober, straight

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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. l983 He was clearly inebriated when he left the bar. after a night spent partying, the fraternity brothers were all severely inebriated
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Jones struggled with drinking and substance abuse and even showed up to award shows obviously inebriated. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 These newbies also might not get prepped for how to deal with dangerous situations at crowded venues, at night, or inebriated. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 No one is promising flavor, only the entirely bearable lightness of being slightly or very inebriated, as suits you. Casey Johnston, Ars Technica, "Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew," 22 Nov. 2018 Detecting unsteadiness or slurred speech, the drone could tell when to cut off an inebriated customer. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "IBM Files Patent For a Coffee Delivery Drone," 24 Aug. 2018 Animal welfare experts, think that the birds’ inebriated state may be the result of feeding on brewery waste. James Rogers, Fox News, "Dozens of drunk seagulls found on beaches in Southern England," 6 July 2018 Instead the swarm of inebriated runners are pursued by horned female roller derby players, who swat them mercilessly with plastic whiffle ball bats ... whack, whack, whack. Doug Maccash,, "New Orleans Running of the Bulls 2018 stampedes the CBD July 14," 4 June 2018 Several villagers recognized the effects of the plant after seeing teenagers consume it to become inebriated. Sally Hayden, Washington Post, "Gambia’s dictator ordered a witch hunt. This village is still haunted by it.," 28 May 2018 Along the shaded, boutique storefronts and cafes in Poblado, the only bodily fluid being spilled is the vomit of inebriated foreigners. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of inebriated

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inebriated

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English Language Learners Definition of inebriated

formal : affected by drinking too much alcohol

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