Definition of DTs in English:


plural noun

  • Delirium tremens.

    ‘a terrible case of the DTs’
    • ‘They've white knuckled it through the DT's, but haven't acquired the skills needed to build and maintain stable successful lives.’
    • ‘The DTs usually start 24 to 72 hours after a chronic alcoholic either stops or limits drinking.’
    • ‘Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are often popularly called rum fits or DT's.’
    • ‘However, the DT's may occur up to two weeks after the last drink.’
    • ‘The DTs can be a lethal type of alcohol withdrawal that will result in death unless the alcoholic receives immediate medical treatment.’


Mid 19th century: abbreviation, originally in the singular form DT (now rare).