One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is habitually drunk.
inebriate, drinker, imbiber, tippler, sotView synonyms
- ‘‘In Kerala, the journey has been a smooth one except on certain occasions when drunkards teased me for the reverse walking,’ he says.’
- ‘He once pretended to be a drunkard holding a bottle to escape the attention of several people from a criminal gang.’
- ‘And he was still riding the crest of a musical wave when, last Friday, his career was tragically cut short by a picnic table thrown from a roof in East London by a gang of immature drunkards.’
- ‘Maybe one day I'll become a big drunkard, and you'll have tons to talk about.’
- ‘No doubt there are extremists - and drunkards - here who deserve the label.’
- ‘Is there any way to actually drink a reasonable amount of alcohol while remaining a drunkard in the eyes of society?’
- ‘The man was a habitual drunkard, and was responsible for much of the trouble currently brewing in Virginia City.’
- ‘I headed (rather late) to central London, where the streets were full of drunkards and the pavements covered by puddles that definitely weren't rain.’
- ‘Populated by a cast of country drunkards, bigamists, abused women, children and the inevitable dog, these are homespun morality tales.’
- ‘The pre-interval section of the play has Dostoevsky as a revolutionary, and then as a drunkard and gambler.’
- ‘I discovered I had dropped off at one point when I was awoken by a bunch of rowdy drunkards, and then spent the rest of the night clock watching, urging the morning to come.’
- ‘The same mixture, she notes, is often found in drunkards.’
- ‘She says up to 17 prisoners, ranging from murderers to drunkards, are held in the lock-up for weeks at a time in cramped conditions and without access to proper hygiene and fresh air.’
- ‘The Victorian cells date back to the mid 19th Century when anyone, from drunkards to murderers, would have been locked away in dark, damp and cold conditions with only a concrete slab for a bed.’
- ‘Nearby a drunkard, almost nose-to-nose with a pig, sprawls on the ground.’
- ‘Her mother insists that she goes to work, as Selvi's father is a drunkard.’
- ‘Being an alcoholic, a pure drunkard, is more challenging than any job you have ever tried, and is not for the weak at heart.’
- ‘Why did the privileged first son of a wealthy dynasty become a drunkard and hell-raiser in the first place?’
- ‘There would invariably be a screaming woman, a person bent double with age and a drunkard in every performance.’
- ‘Envisioning a new medical speciality to address this ailment, the AACI built a network of private institutions to treat habitual drunkards.’
Middle English: from Middle Low German drunkert.
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