Definition of drunk in 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’
    • ‘He had come in a drunken rage only to find her already drunk mother at home.’
    • ‘She got really drunk tonight and didn't want to go home to her parents so she showed up here.’
    • ‘These are not the kind of responsibilities a drunk cares to shoulder.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The youngsters then fled the scene when the police arrived, only to be picked up later drunk and abusive.’
    • ‘While drunk last weekend, I discovered that I could fit the crowbar through the hole in my earlobe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were reports of car surfing, vandalism and a high number of drunk teenagers.’
    • ‘We had a drunk chat about it last week and I've thought about it before.’
    • ‘He then asked them if they thought that a drunk man would have had the presence of mind to jump into the back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So my experiment to stay continuously drunk nine days straight has hit a slight snag.’
    • ‘It's one thing playing to a bunch of drunk students on a Saturday night.’
    • ‘If I had a penny for every cute barman in the world, I'd be a very drunk man.’
    • ‘During the past few years, pilots have had to deal with drunk passengers who have kicked holes in the doors.’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine how a drunk bully of a father is likely to remember a law that bans smacking.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
    blind drunk, dead drunk, rolling drunk, roaring drunk
    sottish, tippling, toping, gin-soaked
    tight, merry, the worse for wear, woozy, pie-eyed, three sheets to the wind, two sheets to the wind, under the table, plastered, smashed, wrecked, sloshed, soused, well oiled, sozzled, blotto, blitzed, canned, stewed, pickled, soaked, bombed, hammered, blasted, off one's face, out of one's head, out off one's head, out of one's skull, wasted, wired, in one's cups, reeling, cock-eyed, zonked, guttered, fuddled, stinko, ratted
    legless, steaming, bevvied, paralytic, brahms and liszt, half cut, out of it, having had a skinful, bladdered, trolleyed, well away, squiffy, tiddly, out of one's box, having had one over the eight, cut, steamed, mullered, slaughtered, lashed
    pissed, as pissed as a fart, as pissed as a newt, rat-arsed, arseholed
    loaded, trashed, crock, juiced, sauced, squiffed, swacked, strung out, liquored up, out of one's gourd, in the bag, zoned, blitzed, ripped
    shickered, shot
    grogged up, as full as a goog, inked
    tired and emotional
    stoned, lit up, as tight as a tick
    half seas over, pixilated
    monged, monged out
    sotted, besotted, foxed, screwed
    crapulent, crapulous, inebriate, bibulous, ebrious, ebriose, ebriate
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    1. 1.1[predicative]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.’
      • ‘And so, for the next few days or so, we're loopy with love, drunk with it.’
      • ‘Floral tributes perfume the cool morning air and the atmosphere is drunk with sweetness.’
      • ‘Finally, still drunk with sleep, Adrian realized it was the phone.’
      • ‘He has become drunk with power as the leader of the tribe.’
      • ‘His bloodshot eyes were glassy, now drunk with outrage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was filled with euphoria for this moment, drunk with passion.’
      • ‘They act like radicals drunk with power, doing what ever it takes to destroy any opposing political force that dares to challenge it.’


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

    • ‘Though he admired drunks immoderately, he was seldom seen drunk in what was already a heavy - drinking milieu.’
    • ‘It follows, then, that Mark's idea of restricting access to alcohol for mean drunks is also a good idea.’
    • ‘The drunks were still on the streets, but not in great numbers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 two tend to lean on each other, like a couple of drunks propping each other up.’
    • ‘In the 10 years that I have been a drinker, I've known a lot of drunks.’
    • ‘The headache usually begins half an hour after drinking, and drunks can have very serious headaches.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It should be relatively easy to pick off the strays, the drunks and the aesthetically challenged from the edge of the dance floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can drink a little, drink a lot or become staggering drunks that have stopped studying altogether.’
    • ‘How many people in public places are scared of drunks?’
    • ‘I really wasn't that stoked about getting into a touchy political discourse with a bunch of drunks I didn't know.’
    • ‘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.’
    drunkard, inebriate, drinker, imbiber, tippler, sot
    heavy drinker, hard drinker, serious drinker, problem drinker
    alcoholic, dipsomaniac, chronic alcoholic, alcohol abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
    boozer, soak, lush, wino, alky, sponge, elbow-bender, barfly, tosspot
    hophead, metho
    pisshead, piss artist
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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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was only an offence to be drunk and disorderly in a public place.’
      • ‘Six men were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, for fighting or for breach of the peace.’
      • ‘A judge convicted of being drunk and disorderly in a kebab shop has had his Yorkshire law offices closed amid allegations of financial irregularities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old mum hit a female officer after she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at the Hylands Park concert.’
      • ‘An alcoholic was fined £5 by magistrates after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly.’
      • ‘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.’
  • (as) drunk as a skunk

    • Extremely drunk.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I rode in, off the trail, drunk as a skunk, barely able to stay on my horse.’
      • ‘You know I'm meant to be the fastest hacker in the whole gang and yet here I am drunk as a skunk.’
      • ‘He was drunk as a skunk, barely standing and being abusive.’
      • ‘He's usually drunk as a skunk, or else raising a big stink about something else.’
      • ‘You can eat and drink like a king for £25 - £30 or banquet and get drunk as a lord for £50.’
      • ‘So I'm feeling guilty because I'm calling an ambulance for someone who's obviously drunk as a skunk.’
      • ‘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.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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