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Bibulous \Bib"u*lous\, a. [L. bibulus, fr. bibere to drink. See Bib, v. t. ]

  1. Readily imbibing fluids or moisture; spongy; as, bibulous blotting paper.

  2. Inclined to drink; addicted to tippling.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, "spongy, absorbent," from Latin bibulus "drinking readily, given to drink;" of things, "absorbent; moistened," from bibere "to drink" (see imbibe). Meaning "fond of drink" attested in English by 1861.


a. 1 very absorbent 2 given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol


adj. given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol; "a bibulous fellow"; "a bibulous evening"; "his boozy drinking companions"; "thick boozy singing"; "a drunken binge"; "two drunken gentleman holding each other up"; "sottish behavior" [syn: boozy, drunken, sottish]

Usage examples of "bibulous".

On Saturday the entire Italian population found itself roused from its normal preoccupation with its daily budget by the terrible intelligence of Mussolini everywhere made bibulous and ophthalmious with red paint, of Venetian lions coloured as indelicately as baboons and of shamefully overdecorated Roman eagles.

The hovel on Ferry stood, or, rather, leaned at a bibulous angle on a narrow street cut across at an oblique angle by another narrow street, all the old wooden homes like an upset cookie jar of broken gingerbread houses lurching this way and that way, and the shutters hanging off their hinges and windows stuffed with old newspapers, and the snagged picket fence and raised voices in unknown tongues and howling of dogs who, since puppyhood, had known of the world only the circumference of their chain.

Kenna was even fatter and more benevolent appearing, if in a bibulous fashion, than Ecu remembered.

Bibulous or not, George Nielsen had been an impressive prosecution witness.

Lorgan remained in bibulous conversation with several merchants of the town.

The hoi polloi of jarvies or stevedores or whatever they were after a cursory examination turned their eyes apparently dissatisfied, away though one redbearded bibulous individual portion of whose hair was greyish, a sailor probably, still stared for some appreciable time before transferring his rapt attention to the floor.

The bullet-headed specimen in its shirt-sleeves, unashamedly rubbing the sleep out of its eyes with two flabby fists, was obviously the torpescent and bibulous Bavarian who had spoken so yearningly of his bed.

Thereafter he sang as followeth: "Bold bawcocks, brave, bibulous, babbling boys, Tall tosspots, come, temper this tumult and noise.

To this end he dispatched Prince Dhrun with a suitable escort of dignitaries first to Falu Ffail at Avallon, thence to confer with bibulous King Milo at Twissamy in Blaloc, then to King Kestrel’s court at Gargano in Pomperol.

The ancient Kingdom of Caduz had been absorbed by Lyonesse, but Blaloc, under the rule of bibulous King Milo, retained its independence.