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1. Delirious with or as if with strong drink; intoxicated.
2. Habitually drunk.
3. Of, involving, or occurring during intoxication: a drunken brawl. See Usage Note at drunk.
4. Cooked with wine or another alcoholic beverage: drunken mushrooms.

drunk′en·ly adv.
drunk′en·ness n.
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1. intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
2. frequently or habitually drunk
3. (prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxication: a drunken brawl.
ˈdrunkenly adv
ˈdrunkenness n
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(ˈdrʌŋ kən)

1. intoxicated; drunk.
2. given to drunkenness.
3. pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication: a drunken quarrel.
[earlier form of drunk]
drunk′en•ly, adv.
drunk′en•ness, n.
usage: See drunk.
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Drunk is the past participle of the verb 'drink'.

See drink
1. 'drunk' used as an adjective

Drunk is also an adjective. If someone is drunk, they have drunk too much alcohol and are not in complete control of their behaviour.

The colonel was so drunk that he could barely get his words out.
She was being driven home by an extremely drunk young man.

When someone drinks too much alcohol and loses control of their behaviour, you say that they get drunk.

He had decided that he was never going to get drunk again.
We all got happily drunk.
2. 'drunken'

Drunken has the same meaning as 'drunk' but it is only used in front of a noun. You do not say that someone 'is drunken'.

...stiffer penalties for drunken drivers.
Groups of drunken hooligans smashed windows and threw stones.

You use drunken rather than 'drunk' to describe the behaviour of people who are drunk.

...a long drunken party.
I descended into a deep drunken sleep.

You also use drunken rather than 'drunk' to describe people who are often drunk.

Where will she go? Back to her drunken husband in Canada?
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.drunken - given to or marked by the consumption of alcoholdrunken - 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 gentlemen holding each other up"; "sottish behavior"
drunk, inebriated, intoxicated - stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol); "a noisy crowd of intoxicated sailors"; "helplessly inebriated"
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1. intoxicated, smashed (slang), drunk, flying (slang), bombed (slang), wasted (slang), hammered (slang), steaming (slang), wrecked (slang), out of it (slang), boozing (informal), blitzed (slang), pissed (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), lit up (slang), bladdered (slang), under the influence (informal), tippling, toping, red-nosed, legless (informal), paralytic (informal), steamboats (Scot. slang), off your face (slang), zonked (slang), bibulous, blotto (slang), inebriate, out to it (Austral. & N.Z. slang), sottish, rat-arsed (taboo slang), Brahms and Liszt (slang), bevvied (dialect), (gin-)sodden Drunken yobs smashed shop windows.
2. boozy, dissipated (informal), riotous, debauched, dionysian, orgiastic, bacchanalian, bacchic, saturnalian A loud, drunken party was raging nearby.
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Stupefied, excited, or muddled with alcoholic liquor:
Informal: cockeyed, stewed.
Idioms: drunk as a skunk, half-seas over, high as a kite, in one's cups, three sheets in the wind.
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بِسَبَب السُّكْرسَكْران، ثَمِل
opileckýopilýzpůsobený opilostí
ittas állapotban
drukkinnölvunar-, áfengis-
sarhoşsarhoşluğun verdiği


[ˈdrʌŋkən] ADJ
1. (= intoxicated) [person] → borracho; [brawl, orgy] → de borrachos; [night, evening] → de borrachera; [violence] → provocado por el alcohol; [voice] → de borracho, de cazallero
a drunken old manun viejo borracho
her drunken husbandel borracho de su marido
drunken drivingconducir or (LAm) manejar en estado de embriaguez
a drunken partyuna juerga
in a drunken rageen un ataque de furia provocado por el alcohol
in a drunken stateborracho
in a drunken stuporflotando en los vapores del alcohol
2. (fig) (= crooked) at a drunken angletorcido
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈdrʌŋkən] adj
(= drunk) [person] → ivre, soûl(e)
[stupor] → causé(e) par l'alcool; [fight, brawl, behaviour, rage] → d'ivrogne drunken drivingdrunken driving n (US)conduite f en état d'ivresse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj personbetrunken; (habitually) → versoffen (inf); state, voicebetrunken; night, evening, partyfeuchtfröhlich; a drunken manein Betrunkener; drunken violenceGewalttätigkeiten plunter Alkoholeinfluss; a drunken brawleine Schlägerei zwischen Betrunkenen; a drunken argumentein Streit mim Suff (inf); in a drunken rage or furyin einem Wutanfall im Vollrausch; in a drunken stuporim Vollrausch, sinnlos betrunken
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈdrʌŋkn] adj (intoxicated) → ubriaco/a; (habitually) → alcolizzato/a; (brawl, orgy) → di ubriachi; (rage) → provocato/a dall'alcol; (voice) → da ubriaco
drunken driving → guida in stato di ebbrezza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(draŋk) verb
see drink.
overcome by having too much alcohol. A drunk man fell off the bus; drunk with success.
a drunk person, especially one who is often drunk.
ˈdrunkard (-kəd) noun
a person who is often drunk. I'm afraid he's turning into a drunkard.
ˈdrunken adjective
1. drunk. drunken soldiers.
2. caused by being drunk. a drunken sleep.
drunken ˈdriving noun
(also drunk driving) driving under the influence of alcohol.
ˈdrunkenness noun
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References in classic literature ?
When, however, this took place with the ugliest man, Zarathustra stood there like one drunken: his glance dulled, his tongue faltered and his feet staggered.
The insufferable stench from the pot- houses, which are particularly numerous in that part of the town, and the drunken men whom he met continually, although it was a working day, completed the revolting misery of the picture.
A DRUNKEN Man was lying in the road with a bleeding nose, upon which he had fallen, when a Pig passed that way.
Clatter of hoofs, clinking of weapons, shouts from the drunken brawlers, and high laughter of women, they all rose up, like the mist from a marsh, out of the crowded streets of the dim-lit city.
There was a bridge on the road that ran out of Winesburg north to Lake Erie and the drunken boy made his way along the road to the bridge.
The captain came half round, and regarded him with the dull and solemn eyes of a drunken man.
When inflamed by this fiery beverage, they cut all kinds of mad pranks and gambols, and sometimes burn all their clothes in their drunken bravadoes.
Further, I said, has not a drunken man also the spirit of a tyrant?
And yet as no nation produces so many drunken quarrels, especially among the lower people, as England (for indeed, with them, to drink and to fight together are almost synonymous terms), I would not, methinks, have it thence concluded, that the English are the worst-natured people alive.
His excitement, of course, increased greatly at sight and touch of the individual for whose blood he had been making application: he struggled and struck with fury--but a drunken man is no match for a sober one; and, even in his normal state, Pelet's worn out frame could not have stood against my sound one.
Could they enter any of its doors while the whole party of Indians was plunged in a drunken sleep, or was it safer to attempt to make a hole in the walls?
This drunken Caderousse has made me lose the thread of my sentence."