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Drunkard \Drunk"ard\, n. [Drunk + -ard.] One who habitually drinks strong liquors immoderately; one whose habit it is to get drunk; a toper; a sot.

The drunkard and glutton shall come to poverty. -- Prov. xxiii. 21.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, droncarde, but probably older (attested from late 13c. as a surname, Druncard), from Middle English dronken, participial adjective from drunk (q.v.), + -ard.


n. (context somewhat derogatory English) A person who is habitually drunk.


n. a chronic drinker [syn: drunk, rummy, sot, inebriate]

Usage examples of "drunkard".

Taboga, Captain Sharp went cruising to an island some miles distant to pick up some straggling drunkards who belonged to his ship.

The Commandant observed that they were all debauchees and drunkards, and advised me, as a friend, to renounce poetry as contrary to the service, and leading to nothing good.

Not a single talent, but a lot of giftless people, drunkards, intriguers, and gossips.

Outside the Kentledge pub, drunkards had vomited so often the pavement was starting to dissolve.

A savage and bloodthirsty man was exiled, as in the case of Lycaon, into the body of a wild beast: the soul of a timorous man entered a hare, and drunkards or gluttons became swine.

Blade found that Mok was a drunkard and, like all drunks, was looking for someone with whom to share his liquor and troubles.

A drunkard Mok might be, but he knew what was going on in Jedd, the country and, more important, what was at the moment transpiring in Jeddia, the city.

He struck his shoulder a numbing blow on the chimney piece, bounced off, and managed somehow to keep his feet, stumbling like a drunkard.

And, owning it, treated it more pitilessly than a crazed drunkard the wife he hates.

Demme selected his children of drunkards by selecting children who came to his hospital on account of imperfect development of speech, mental defect, imbecility or idiocy.

Dream Mere poets are as sottish as mere drunkards are, who live in a continual mist, without seeing or judging anything clearly.

Two drunkards in the middle of the overheated, unventilated compartment gave off a smell like an ash heap, and struggled to sing in harmony a song with words they did not know.

The horses of a drunkard, blanketless, hungry, shivering, outside of the village tavern, do they not proclaim the poor, despised owner within?

The children of drunkards, thieves, profligates, all suffer through the misdoings of their parents.

Also, of all unbelievable men to be in funds, he so found the town drunkard for whom he had bought many a drink in the old and palmy days.