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a drunken rage
▪ He smashed up his former girlfriend's car in a drunken rage.
a drunken/drunk driver (=who has drunk too much alcohol)
▪ Her husband was killed by a drunken driver.
drunken orgies
▪ the drunken orgies of their youth
in a drunken stupor
▪ We found him lying at the bottom of the stairs in a drunken stupor.
▪ Accepting lifts with drunken pilots is more dangerous than with drunken drivers.
▪ William Bird's wife Jean had been killed five years before in an horrific road accident involving a drunken driver.
▪ With cocaine we all have a choice denied us by a drunken driver.
▪ Last year's advert showed the humiliation of arrest through the eyes of a drunken driver.
▪ He flew into an anti-aircraft shell with the precise catastrophe of a drunken driver speeding into a wall.
▪ Read in studio A woman widowed by a drunken driver has collected a fifty thousand signature petition demanding tougher sentences for offenders.
▪ Did you know he'd been convicted of drunken driving?
▪ Bad cheque passing has risen by 87 percent and drunken driving by 205 percent.
▪ These include drunken driving, underage drinking and research into alcohol related problems.
▪ This might be justified as a means of signalling the connection between drunken driving and fatal accidents.
▪ For example, in the United States the Century Council targets drunken driving and underage drinking.
▪ Could be drunken driving, manslaughter, who knows?
▪ They also do a superb rendition of Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet sung by a drunken man.
▪ He'd seen 3 drunken men on this bridge in Swindon.
▪ One night a drunken man had staggered after her the length of Rosamunde Street.
▪ Shoplift charge: Stockton police yesterday arrested a drunken man in Nelson Terrace and charged him with shoplifting.
▪ One youth told of emerging from a drunken stupor to find himself in bed with the boy next door.
▪ It was definitely not a night to let a friend wander around in a drunken stupor searching for his car.
▪ At last a lone figure staggered out, singing raucously as he swaggered in a drunken stupor.
▪ May as well go to bed in a drunken stupor after dinner, same as the rest of them.
▪ I dismissed him as quickly as I could and later found that he had gone to drink himself into a drunken stupor.
▪ At last I fell back on to my stool and into the blackness of a drunken stupor.
▪ The monster fell asleep in a drunken stupor and Susa-no-wo then cut it to pieces and settled down with the maiden.
▪ They left him slumped in a drunken stupor against the church wall.
▪ A drunken teenager was arrested for vandalism.
▪ A couple of drunken sailors were arguing with a policeman outside the bar.
▪ He hit her in a drunken rage.
▪ Many of their beer parties ended in a drunken brawl.
▪ The place was full of noise and drunken shouting.
▪ The two met at a drunken party in college.
▪ We found him lying by the roadside in a drunken stupor.
▪ Did you know he'd been convicted of drunken driving?
▪ Ham dishonours his drunken father, and Noah curses him through his descendants.
▪ His drunken night, and morning.
▪ I thought you might be a Windmill girl ... come to blackmail me about some drunken indiscretion of mine.
▪ Just routine, Peter, but we don't want that drunken fool getting into mischief.
▪ The sister stood back, and the groom, followed by his drunken friends and hangers-on, pushed on into the courtyard.
▪ The son of a drunken soldier lived for six years with his grandmother in one room.
▪ There was a new intensity to his drinking and his drunken anger.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Drunken \Drunk"en\, a. [AS. druncen, prop., that has drunk, p. p. of drincan, taken as active. See Drink, v. i., and cf. Drunk.]

  1. Overcome by strong drink; intoxicated by, or as by, spirituous liquor; inebriated.

    Drunken men imagine everything turneth round. -- Bacon.

  2. Saturated with liquid or moisture; drenched.

    Let the earth be drunken with our blood. -- Shak.

  3. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, intoxication.

    The drunken quarrels of a rake. -- Swift.


Drink \Drink\ (dr[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. Drank (dr[a^][ng]k), formerly Drunk (dr[u^][ng]k); & p. p. Drunk, Drunken (-'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Drinking. Drunken is now rarely used, except as a verbal adj. in sense of habitually intoxicated; the form drank, not infrequently used as a p. p., is not so analogical.] [AS. drincan; akin to OS. drinkan, D. drinken, G. trinken, Icel. drekka, Sw. dricka, Dan. drikke, Goth. drigkan. Cf. Drench, Drunken, Drown.]

  1. To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring.

    Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink.
    --Luke xvii. 8.

    He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty.
    --Job xxi. 20.

    Drink of the cup that can not cloy.

  2. To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the ?se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple.

    And they drank, and were merry with him.
    --Gem. xliii. 34.

    Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.

    To drink to, to salute in drinking; to wish well to, in the act of taking the cup; to pledge in drinking.

    I drink to the general joy of the whole table, And to our dear friend Banquo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

full form of the past participle of drunk. Meaning "inebriated" was in Old English druncena; adjectival meaning "habitually intoxicated" is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly.

  1. 1 drunk, in the state of intoxication after having drunk an alcoholic beverage 2 Given to habitual excessive use of alcohol. 3 Characterized by or resulting from drunkenness. 4 (lb en obsolete) Saturated with liquid 5 # (non-gloss definition: Applied to various spicy stir-fried dishes in Asian cuisine.) v

  2. (form of Alternative past participle drink English)


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: bibulous, boozy, sottish]


Usage examples of "drunken".

They will find no Pelton, but they will find three women who will swear that, yes, you and your men demanded admittance last night, whereupon you behaved with drunken debauchery, fighting amongst yourselves.

Lukien always remembered the hard-won lessons of the street, and he had never forgiven his drunken father for leaving him, nor his mother for dying.

See how he yawneth, lo, this drunken wight, As though he would us swallow anon right.

Mrs Ascher, I felt reasonably sure, had been the victim of her drunken brute of a husband.

Shafts of light from above partially illuminated the drunken courtiers as Bib Fortuna crossed the floor to the dais.

They did not even bother to heave the Biter to, just handed spokes to bring her to the shake, so cranky was she under bodged-up head sails a jury staysail instead of fore course and her brig sail Shockhead was popular but men died, that was the general attitude: he should have kept his eyes aloft, and not sailed with such a drunken crew.

Misseltoe, bruised and strained into oyle and drunken, hath presently and forthwith rid a grievous and sore stitch.

On the final night, as it happened, Buffo the Great, having barkened to the voice of drunken Russia, went out to celebrate his departure from the Capital of Vodka together with the Ape-Man.

It would have meant the anatomizing of his compulsive violence and his fear of justice, of his time with Helen, his present defection from Helen, his screwing so many women he really wanted nothing to do with, his drunken ways, his morning-after sicknesses, his sleeping in the weeds, his bumming money from strangers not because there was a depression but first to help Helen and then because it was easy: easier than working.

Ralph had walked up the Dam Side near to that point at which the Covel Cross lies to the left, when a couple of drunken men came reeling out of a tavern in front of him.

They were all now so drunken that they scarcely heeded me, except for the coxcomb opposite.

To heighten the effect of my mystic exhortation I dosed him heavily with wine, and did not let him go till he had fallen into a drunken sleep.

As I have mentioned, I had my share of didling with drunken whores, but let me tell you, I was a virgin to pure youthful ardor.

They rose, they sat, they bowed, they crossed themselves with sure, deft strokes, Dinny trying to keep pace with them in the rising, and sitting, and kneeling, feeling himself a mere stumbling baby trudging with short, drunken steps in the wake of experienced track-sprinters.

There is no other experience that is remotely comparable to it, in its sense of joy, its exultancy, its drunken and magnificent hope which, against reason and knowledge, soars into a heaven of fabulous conviction, which believes in the miracle and sees it invariably achieved.