Also found in: Thesaurus.


intr.v. ca·roused, ca·rous·ing, ca·rous·es
To drink large amounts of alcohol, especially in boisterous merrymaking.

[Earlier, a cup drunk up completely in one draft as a toast, from French, carous as in French (boire) carous, (to drink a cup) up completely in one draft, from German gar aus(trinken), (to drink) up completely (used in such exhortations as trinks gar aus, drink it all up) : gar, completely (from Middle High German, from Old High German garo; akin to archaic English yare, ready) + aus, out, up; see auslander.]

ca·rous′er n.
Word History: From an etymological point of view, carousing is chugalugging. Carouse ultimately comes from German gar aus, words forming part of the exhortation trinks gar aus, "drink it all up!" with which German revelers urged their drinking companions to drain their cups. The phrase trinks gar aus is repeated, for example, at the end of one of the most popular German drinking songs of the 1500s, So trinken wir alle ("So drink we all"). Gar aus, "completely up," had already spread to French by the middle of the 1500s as carous, also spelled carrousse. This word was used in such phrases as boire carous, "to drink by draining a cup dry in one draft, chug." (The change of the initial German g to c in French carous may reflect a Swiss dialectal pronunciation of g, which may have sounded like c or k to French ears.) French carrousse soon made its way into English as carouse. In the 1500s, English carouse was often used as an adverb in such phrases as to quaff carouse, "to drink dry in one draft," but it could also function as a noun meaning "a cup drunk dry in toasting someone's health." Such drinks were typically tossed back in company, and when done so repeatedly, this soon led to what we now call carousing.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carouser - someone who enjoys riotous drinkingcarouser - someone who enjoys riotous drinking
imbiber, juicer, toper, drinker - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
I was no carouser. Nightclubs and drinkingthat just wasn't me."
In order to understand the kind of pleasure that a man like Zavadovsky could find in this, we should add that his friend Pyotr Kaverin (a member of the Union of Welfare, a well-known carouser and troublemaker whom Onegin met in the first chapter at Talon's), who was present as a spectator at the duel, having seen how the wounded Sheremetev "jumped in place a few times, then fell and began to roll around in the snow," approached the wounded man and said: "How is it, Vasya?
''I have already shown the details of a white land carouser which I use,'' Sattar said.
Brown was a drinker and a carouser. "She had often gone on 'sprees,' as her family disparagingly called them," Grann writes.
Though Caravaggio was a disciplined artist who remained true to his rebellious style, he was also a carouser and a fighter, drinking away much of his money.
I stumbled inside the cab and slammed the door shut as the angry carouser banged on the window.
And, by the way, "[Maera] had not been to bed the night before and had taken part in the amateur fight at seven o'clock that same morning," hence earning Hemingway's approval as a champion carouser. As he further described the bullfighter, Maera "was generous, humorous, proud, bitter, foul-mouthed and a great drinker" (82-83).
In his youth, Blucher was indeed a raucous cavalry officer in the Belling Hussar regiment in Frederick the Great's army and was famous as a drinker, gambler, and carouser with women.
Drink a craft beer and you are a better class of carouser than that schmuck down the bar who's downing a pint of Fosters.
A large number of the local people gathered there after the incident who rushed the injured Abdulla to a nearby hospital in critical situation however driver of the Land Carouser managed to flee from the spot.
The extent to which the Haymakers were committed to improving their club for the 1870 season, no matter the cost, is reflected in the six-week signing of catcher Pat Dockney, a noted carouser and serial revolver.