Definition of booze in English:

booze

noun

informal
  • Alcohol, especially hard liquor.

    ‘they turn to booze to beat work pressure’
    • ‘There were dozens of empty booze bottles and beer cans lying around on the beach and on the walkway.’
    • ‘We are not really giving these to the deity, because Mahakala doesn't eat meat and drink booze.’
    • ‘While we were never stupid about it, most of that side certainly liked going out on the booze.’
    • ‘They do have lager there—there's a big bottled beer stall of foreign booze.’
    • ‘A hangover should be the least of men's worries after a night on the booze, according to new research.’
    • ‘I have always had a very rocky relationship with booze and used to drink a fair bit every evening.’
    • ‘Look, after a night out on the booze, I'm sure we all know how hard it can be to get up in the morning.’
    • ‘If you do have an early start, take it easy the night before, especially on the booze.’
    • ‘Every time I have ever met this girl I have been drunk on booze by the end of the night.’
    • ‘And of course the extra booze drunk during festivities can quickly cause a gut to expand.’
    • ‘We had food, wine, booze, a cute bartender, and an excellent mix of people and music.’
    • ‘I've cut down on the booze to the point where I go days without a tipple.’
    • ‘At least the club is starting at the right point—by focussing on the booze drinking issue.’
    • ‘I know this in the same way I know I should exercise more and cut down on the booze.’
    • ‘They were drinking my booze, stealing my ladies and just kind of smirking.’
    • ‘There was also tea on offer for 60 cents a person, as well as a variety of juices, pops and booze.’
    • ‘A huge crowd from the good old days turned up to support her and drink the free booze.’
    • ‘Food was eaten, booze was drunk, gifts were given and pictures were taken.’
    • ‘Similarly, beer and soft drink cans, booze bottles and empty jars can all be recycled.’
    • ‘It is a unique perspective and one the majority of their booze quaffing customers probably could not conceive.’
    alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicants
    grog, firewater, gut-rot, rotgut, mother's milk, tipple, the hard stuff, the demon drink, the bottle, dutch courage, john barleycorn, hooch, moonshine
    wallop, bevvy
    sup
    juice, the sauce
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Drink alcohol, especially in large quantities.

    ‘you used to booze a lot on expensive hard liquor’
    ‘Michael is trying to quit boozing’
    • ‘The teetotalling Jones would not enforce laws against boozing, gambling, or prostitution.’
    • ‘Hard-hitting posters will soon go up around Swindon pubs and clubs warning women that they risk losing their looks if they carry on boozing too hard.’
    • ‘Dan, a fresh-faced 40 year old, doesn't get the chance to go boozing and schmoozing with the industry very much.’
    • ‘The block's tenants claim the youths have been boozing, swearing, smoking drugs and using pensioners' windows as goals in soccer games.’
    • ‘There was a time in my distant past when I could go out boozing and dancing, get home in time to change into my work clothes and do a full days grafting, ready to go out again at night.’
    • ‘He was perfect company and we had a great time schmoozing and boozing.’
    • ‘Top pubs and bars have joined the voluntary ban on encouraging binge boozing in a bid to attract ‘better’ drinkers.’
    • ‘Last September, he dropped out of school - and spent the next few months hanging around, boozing and getting into trouble.’
    • ‘They must have been boozing; it's an absolute disgrace.’
    • ‘The owner of a residential home believes the only way to stop drunks boozing outside a church in Gorse Hill would be to remove the benches they sit on.’
    • ‘The 25 year old Dubliner spoke openly about how he pushed his father away and started boozing after her death.’
    • ‘He claimed that actors were given a ‘dressing down’ when they got things wrong or when they were caught boozing.’
    • ‘Bath Street is turning out to be Glasgow's premier thoroughfare for boozing, schmoozing and general tomfoolery.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that we know more about alcoholism than ever before, it hasn't slowed the rate at which young women are boozing.’
    • ‘It's gruelling and unblinking - like many of the best and most profound films about boozing and the grittier side of life.’
    • ‘There is also a Scottish flag, plenty of trestle tables and several large street lamps which allow fresh air boozing to continue after the sun has set.’
    • ‘He is boozing in a wild manner, and has become a nuisance.’
    • ‘Increasingly the victims of Scotland's love affair with boozing and brawling are long-suffering NHS staff.’
    • ‘Incredibly, it was the schools and churches which seemed to encourage boozing by giving it to underage drinkers as prizes at fetes and garden parties.’
    • ‘And officers have introduced a drinking ban, which means they can stop people boozing in designated public places.’
    drink, have a drink, drink alcohol, indulge, tipple, imbibe, swill
    hit the bottle, take to the bottle, crack a bottle, knock a few back
    bevvy
    bend one's elbow
    wassail, tope
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Origin

Middle English bouse, from Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess The spelling booze dates from the 18th century.

Pronunciation

booze

/bo͞oz/