in·​ebri·​at·​ed | \i-ˈnē-brē-ˌā-təd \

Definition of inebriated 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inebriated


drunk, drunken, inebriate, intoxicated


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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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 The triumphant, and often inebriated, mood feels a lot like May 9, a national holiday marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and one of the most important dates in the Russian calendar. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "For the World Cup, the Russian people are all in, win or lose," 25 June 2018 Reclining on a lawn chair behind her, half out of sight, is Logan, inebriated and injecting a drug into his arm. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 At their show in Toronto Tuesday (May 29), an inebriated fan who had been booted by security for rowdy behavior literally tried to swim back to the gig. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Slayer Fan Gets Kicked Out of Concert, Tries to Swim Back to the Venue," 4 June 2018 Photo: William Gyngell When English defender Eric Dier slotted a final penalty kick past the Colombian goalkeeper, the nation erupted into cheers, city streets jammed with honking cars and inebriated fans climbed lampposts. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Loyalties Are Tested When the Big Game Falls on Your Big Day," 6 July 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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The first known use of inebriated was in 1609

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English Language Learners Definition of inebriated

: affected by drinking too much alcohol

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