Definition of drunken in English:



  • 1[attributive] Drunk or intoxicated:

    ‘gangs of drunken youths roamed the streets’
    • ‘One night, I observed a group of drunken men waiting half an hour for the red lights to appear.’
    • ‘The locals like to socialise, but even at the weekend you won't see gangs of drunken youths swarming through the streets.’
    • ‘But the drunken trio fled when up to 20 Clifton youths answered a cry for help on a mobile phone.’
    • ‘A gang of drunken youths smashed up the area's community centre with beer and whisky bottles.’
    • ‘Cola said a blitz on drunken drivers over a seven-hour period resulted in 17 arrests.’
    • ‘Plans are under way to revamp a children's play area which was vandalised by drunken youths over Christmas.’
    • ‘Ms Birtwistle said the area was plagued by drunken youths during the evening and at weekends.’
    • ‘The male uniform gave a brief report, including gestures at the drunken youths, Nathalie and the dead man.’
    • ‘Shopkeepers in Walmgate complained that their parade of stores had become a meeting place for street drinkers and drunken youths.’
    • ‘Random acts of violence are commonplace, as are crowds of drunken youths egging on our two brave protagonists.’
    • ‘One drunken youth, egged on by a male pal, approaches the Crimewatch team.’
    • ‘In the streets, the place was full of drunken people, and it didn't look at all safe.’
    • ‘Underage drunken youths are a menace to the serenity of The Green, Castledermot.’
    • ‘Police were called out when a group of drunken youths went on a midnight rampage.’
    • ‘In another scene, the Tamil girl is harassed by a drunken local youth and seeks refuge in the local temple.’
    • ‘Police are aware of drunken youths gathering at the site in the evening and are urging the public to help.’
    • ‘This was a case where a drunken driver ran over a drunken pedestrian.’
    • ‘That's the view of Stephen Higson, the father-of-two who was attacked in Bootham at the weekend by a gang of drunken youths.’
    • ‘I wasn't really the type of girl to socialise at a party full of drunken idiots and girls with hardly any clothes on.’
    • ‘Taxi drivers at the mercy of drunken passengers on late-night runs sometimes admit to keeping a large spanner under their seat.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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    1. 1.1 Habitually or frequently drunk:
      ‘his violent, drunken father’
      • ‘Kathy is too angry and resentful to care and Josh has gradually come to grow indifferent toward his drunken distant father.’
      • ‘His drunken father, who barely knows him, just wanted a free plane ride from the military.’
      • ‘Then she stood and shoved her drunken father with all the strength she could manage.’
      • ‘This is the story of a boy growing up with a drunken father and a philandering mother.’
      • ‘A high proportion of women who marry drunks also had drunken fathers.’
      • ‘Of course, it never occurred to the landlord he was in actual fact selling the drinks to this drunken monstrosity.’
      • ‘It was the ‘nightmare’ of her life with her drunken father that made her seek refuge in make-believe.’
    2. 1.2 Caused by or showing the effects of drink:
      ‘the man's drunken, slurred speech’
      • ‘I am supposed to be writing a drunken blog post but I'm not drunk.’
      • ‘If it's a holiday of drunken debauchery you want, this is not your dream destination.’
      • ‘Not only was Paul frightened of his father's drunken wrath, all the children were.’
      • ‘Pauline went on to say that others, in a drunken stupor, regularly use the estate as a toilet and not just for urinating.’
      • ‘Ama went through the door of her house still in enough of a drunken daze to forget that her father was not the kind to let her get to her room before unloading on her.’
      • ‘Before that, he regularly witnessed his father beat his mother in fits of drunken rage.’
      • ‘Police found him at the flat, almost naked and in a drunken stupor.’
      • ‘It was then that she noticed that his voice was completely clear of any drunken slur.’
      • ‘The spectacle that is the weekly toga party can only be described as complete drunken debauchery.’
      • ‘I explained that it was his father, my husband, on one of his drunken rampages.’
      • ‘It feels strange watching him, now that I know many times that drunken slur was faked.’
      • ‘They flee the dacha when the father is shot by Mikhail in a drunken misunderstanding.’
      • ‘When he got around to telling about his drunken speech, Theresa saw her next opening.’
      • ‘It happened one night when he returned from a family party in a drunken stupor, brandishing a shotgun and threatening to kill his wife and child.’
      • ‘Their warning comes as the Government has announced a crackdown on binge drinking and drunken anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘For some reason I wasn't charged but several other players were asked to pay their huge hotel bar bills after a night of drunken debauchery.’
      • ‘Will longer drinking hours mean more drunken violence and alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour?’
      • ‘Alex's voice, though not yet slurred, was obviously beginning to take on a drunken edge.’
      • ‘Her mother shot and killed her alcoholic father in self-defence during a drunken argument in front of their daughter.’
      • ‘Even the poignantly romantic In the Still of the Night comes a little oddly at the end of a second act filled with allegations of drunken debauchery.’
      debauched, dissipated, riotous, carousing, revelling, roistering, uproarious, unruly, intemperate, unrestrained, uninhibited, abandoned
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Old English, archaic past participle of drink.