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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.


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


(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.



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?
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"


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.


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.
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


[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


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


[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


(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
References in classic literature ?
It was uncomfortable, sleeping on wet straw, and two drunken Negroes came and slept with us.
An unmistakable outburst of a drunken song at the foot of the slope:--
Then, there was a pale, care-wrinkled woman, not old but haggard, and already with streaks of gray among her hair, like silver ribbons; one of those women, naturally delicate, whom you at once recognize as worn to death by a brute--probably a drunken brute--of a husband, and at least nine children.
Denying himself this freak, as unworthy of his cloth, he met a drunken seaman, one of the ship's crew from the Spanish Main.
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
Yes, and we flipped it at the rate of ten gallons the hour; and when the squall came (for it's squally off there by Patagonia), and all hands --visitors and all --were called to reef topsails, we were so top-heavy that we had to swing each other aloft in bowlines; and we ignorantly furled the skirts of our jackets into the sails, so that we hung there, reefed fast in the howling gale, a warning example to all drunken tars.
The cause of the panic had been the attempt of a policeman to arrest a drunken man in a saloon next door, which had drawn a crowd at the hour the people were on their way to work, and so started the "run.
Them stupid ones, as doesn't care whar they go, and shifless, drunken ones, as don't care for nothin', they'll stick by, and like as not be rather pleased to be toted round; but these yer prime fellers, they hates it like sin.
It would naturally have been impossible in that noisome cavern of a jail, with its mangy crowd of drunken, quarrelsome, and song-singing rapscallions.
We could only gaze in drunken ecstasy and drink in it.
Whenever the village had a drunken frolic and a dance, they would drag him in and crown him with cabbage leaves, and pretend to bow down to him; and one night when he was sick and nearly starved to death, they had him out and crowned him, and then they rode him on a rail about the village, and everybody followed along, beating tin pans and yelling.
I've heard Jem Fettleworth's wife say th' same thing over thousands o' times--callin' Jem a drunken brute," said Ben Weatherstaff dryly.