Definition of bibulous in US English:



  • Excessively fond of drinking alcohol.

    • ‘New defections, followed by bibulous celebrations in the Palais Royal, were reported daily.’
    • ‘So, come the denouement, their table was very bibulous and merry while everyone else was in a state of nervy misery.’
    • ‘Hobbs, as did many other railwaymen, reveled in the male camaraderie of the workplace and enjoyed the bibulous pleasures connected with it.’
    • ‘Certainly, he's a bibulous, gregarious fellow of many appetites, who not only acts and directs, but writes biographies and screenplays, and moonlights as a literary critic for a national newspaper.’
    • ‘They parted on bibulous, back-slapping terms.’
    • ‘Artery-clogging cholesterol, alcohol and carcinogenic free radicals cause cellular mayhem in the aftermath of too many bibulous feasts.’
    • ‘Owing to a misreading of the signature, it was thought to be by the aforementioned bibulous Frans van Mieris the Elder, and was not correctly identified until 1866.’
    • ‘She evokes a broadcasting company that was different from that of today, full of stuffed shirts and bibulous eccentrics.’
    • ‘Emerging after a bibulous evening, befuddled guests went to recover their coats, only to discover that some of them had ‘walked’.’
    • ‘Over the course of what was clearly a bibulous dinner they ‘foregathered very much indeed’, John not getting home until five in the morning.’
    • ‘At a conference a decade or so ago he hosted a bibulous dinner, after which he embarked on a funny speech.’
    • ‘The column was probably produced hastily, perhaps during what may have been a bibulous Christmas Day.’
    • ‘The profitability of corn whiskey, heavy frontier drinking, the spread of saloons in cities, and the immigration of beer-drinking and whiskey-swilling foreigners all encouraged the nation's bibulous tendencies.’
    • ‘After accelerated training he arrived at a military hospital in India and, as the only resident doctor, he spent each week preparing for the bibulous round of a visiting Harley Street grandee.’
    • ‘He lumbered to a halt, resignation stamped plainly on his bibulous features.’
    • ‘At her second home in France, which she visits every other weekend, she's a very different person. ‘I'm far more bibulous when I'm in Gaillac.'’
    • ‘His backstreet bistro is beamed, roughcast, tongue and groove, decorated with bibulous 19th-century prints.’
    • ‘We cannot go back to the bibulous naïveté of our predecessors.’
    • ‘The birth of Jean-Philippe increased Leon's nocturnal, bibulous absences; and only to give the boy legitimacy did Arlette marry in September, 1944.’
    • ‘‘Don't say it's Matthew the Second! ‘said a bibulous character at the far end of Charlie's bar, his mouth full of roasted peanuts.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Late 17th century (in the sense ‘absorbent’): from Latin bibulus ‘freely or readily drinking’ (from bibere ‘to drink’) + -ous.