Definition of drunk in US English:




  • 1Affected by alcohol to the extent of losing control of one's faculties or behavior.

    ‘he was so drunk he lurched from wall to wall’
    ‘she was drunk on vodka’
    • ‘These are not the kind of responsibilities a drunk cares to shoulder.’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine how a drunk bully of a father is likely to remember a law that bans smacking.’
    • ‘We had a drunk chat about it last week and I've thought about it before.’
    • ‘So my experiment to stay continuously drunk nine days straight has hit a slight snag.’
    • ‘The youngsters then fled the scene when the police arrived, only to be picked up later drunk and abusive.’
    • ‘He then asked them if they thought that a drunk man would have had the presence of mind to jump into the back.’
    • ‘Sometimes, in this industry, crazy drunk people call you at work for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘Maybe the Professor was even more drunk than he remembers, which is usually the case.’
    • ‘During the past few years, pilots have had to deal with drunk passengers who have kicked holes in the doors.’
    • ‘He had come in a drunken rage only to find her already drunk mother at home.’
    • ‘While drunk last weekend, I discovered that I could fit the crowbar through the hole in my earlobe.’
    • ‘There were reports of car surfing, vandalism and a high number of drunk teenagers.’
    • ‘A couple of people walked out when I was in Edinburgh but one of them was a very drunk man and I asked him to leave.’
    • ‘It's one thing playing to a bunch of drunk students on a Saturday night.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is an approach to discouraging driving while drunk and thirsty.’
    • ‘What better opportunity are you going to get to show off your moves on stage for a room full of drunk strangers?’
    • ‘Will drunk college students attempt to scale the seven metre structure?’
    • ‘As the train pulled into Shepherds Bush, one of their drunk mates was waiting on the platform and was greeted like a hero.’
    • ‘She got really drunk tonight and didn't want to go home to her parents so she showed up here.’
    • ‘If I had a penny for every cute barman in the world, I'd be a very drunk man.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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    1. 1.1drunk withpredicative Overcome with (a strong emotion)
      ‘the crowd was high on euphoria and drunk with patriotism’
      • ‘Yet I was so drunk with what I was doing, and her dark hair, tanned skin and chocolate eyes were all that was needed in order for me to set loose on her.’
      • ‘His bloodshot eyes were glassy, now drunk with outrage.’
      • ‘Finally, still drunk with sleep, Adrian realized it was the phone.’
      • ‘And so, for the next few days or so, we're loopy with love, drunk with it.’
      • ‘The Mets grabbed as headlines this winter with their splashy signings, leaving New York fans drunk with hope.’
      • ‘He came to Paris and found his true destiny as a symbolist poet, perpetually drunk with the power, the colour and the music of words.’
      • ‘They act like radicals drunk with power, doing what ever it takes to destroy any opposing political force that dares to challenge it.’
      • ‘Floral tributes perfume the cool morning air and the atmosphere is drunk with sweetness.’
      • ‘He has become drunk with power as the leader of the tribe.’
      • ‘He was filled with euphoria for this moment, drunk with passion.’


  • 1A person who is drunk or who habitually drinks to excess.

    • ‘The drunks were still on the streets, but not in great numbers.’
    • ‘How many people in public places are scared of drunks?’
    • ‘It follows, then, that Mark's idea of restricting access to alcohol for mean drunks is also a good idea.’
    • ‘I never went in, but sat a way up the road on a bench near the tiny Council garden, the one normally claimed by the weekend drunks, but I was too shattered to care.’
    • ‘Police had stopped drunks from hanging about but, over the last couple of months, they have drifted back.’
    • ‘Although the drunks sit and drink directly in front of the CCTV camera little or no action appears to be taken against them.’
    • ‘An unprecedented blitz by police on drunks and licensees who sell alcohol to under-age drinkers starts today.’
    • ‘The crowd is even bigger than when he went in because of a couple of drunks who have taken up residence on a bench nearby.’
    • ‘The two tend to lean on each other, like a couple of drunks propping each other up.’
    • ‘It probably would have been better if I had been drunk; they say drunks fall off all sorts of things and are fine, because they're floppy.’
    • ‘He said he saw a drunk walking down the street who ‘just floated up and disappeared’.’
    • ‘In the 10 years that I have been a drinker, I've known a lot of drunks.’
    • ‘Eight objectors have written to the council saying a new licence would mean loud music, late night drunks, loss of parking and damage to their cars.’
    • ‘It should be relatively easy to pick off the strays, the drunks and the aesthetically challenged from the edge of the dance floor.’
    • ‘We can drink a little, drink a lot or become staggering drunks that have stopped studying altogether.’
    • ‘Though he admired drunks immoderately, he was seldom seen drunk in what was already a heavy - drinking milieu.’
    • ‘The headache usually begins half an hour after drinking, and drunks can have very serious headaches.’
    • ‘I really wasn't that stoked about getting into a touchy political discourse with a bunch of drunks I didn't know.’
    drunkard, inebriate, drinker, imbiber, tippler, sot
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    1. 1.1informal A drinking bout; a period of drunkenness.
      ‘he used to go on these blind drunks’
      drinking bout, debauch
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  • drunk and disorderly

    • Creating a public disturbance under the influence of alcohol.

      • ‘If police see drunks being verbally abusive to members of the public they will be arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour or public order offences.’
      • ‘The 24-year-old was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and was due to be questioned today.’
      • ‘It was only an offence to be drunk and disorderly in a public place.’
      • ‘However, officers at the scene said that, although a number of the fans were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, the day went better than expected.’
      • ‘A judge convicted of being drunk and disorderly in a kebab shop has had his Yorkshire law offices closed amid allegations of financial irregularities.’
      • ‘An alcoholic was fined £5 by magistrates after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly.’
      • ‘Following scuffles, eight teenagers were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, four for public order offences and three for causing a breach of the peace.’
      • ‘He says from now on they will not have to pay fines on their overdue library books, they cannot be arrested for being drunk and disorderly and they get free parking.’
      • ‘Six men were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, for fighting or for breach of the peace.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old mum hit a female officer after she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at the Hylands Park concert.’
  • (as) drunk as a skunk

    • Extremely drunk.

      • ‘So I'm feeling guilty because I'm calling an ambulance for someone who's obviously drunk as a skunk.’
      • ‘Freezing cold and drunk as a skunk, I am doing the sensible thing and ploughing forward through the snowy city streets toward home, as if I have a purpose.’
      • ‘Then later, drunk as a skunk, he asked for a cigarette again.’
      • ‘You know I'm meant to be the fastest hacker in the whole gang and yet here I am drunk as a skunk.’
      • ‘He's usually drunk as a skunk, or else raising a big stink about something else.’
      • ‘He was drunk as a skunk, barely standing and being abusive.’
      • ‘You can eat and drink like a king for £25 - £30 or banquet and get drunk as a lord for £50.’
      • ‘Beside, nursing Kat through another night of getting drunk as a skunk is not really my idea of fun.’
      • ‘Even when he was as drunk as a skunk, he was undeniably attractive.’
      • ‘I rode in, off the trail, drunk as a skunk, barely able to stay on my horse.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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