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[booz] /buz/ Informal.
any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
a drinking bout or spree.
verb (used without object), boozed, boozing.
to drink alcohol, especially to excess:
He continued to booze until his health finally gave out.
booze it up, to drink heavily and persistently.
Origin of booze
1610-20; respelling of bouse2, reflecting one of its pronunciation variants
Related forms
boozer, noun Unabridged
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  • Adelle felt sure that he had made up his mind to go to San Francisco and get his "booze."

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • And what'll they cook the days when you spend all your wages in booze.

  • And if the booze hasnt got him hes going to play that damn grandfather in this show of yours.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "We'll take a bottle of booze along with us and get some girls in to dance," he said.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • Plentifully supplied with ammunition and "booze," the cowardly deputies lay hidden in this ambush.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for booze


alcoholic drink
a drinking bout or party
(usually intransitive) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
Derived Forms
boozed, adjective
boozing, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Dutch būsen
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Word Origin and History for booze

by 1821, perhaps 1714; probably originally as a verb, "to drink a lot" (1768), variant of Middle English bouse (c.1300), from Middle Dutch busen "to drink heavily," related to Middle High German bus (intransitive) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Johnson's dictionary has rambooze "A drink made of wine, ale, eggs and sugar in winter time; or of wine, milk, sugar and rose-water in the summer time." In New Zealand from c.World War II, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for booze



Any alcoholic drink, esp whiskey and other spirits (1880s+)


To drink alcoholic beverages, esp to drink whiskey heavily (1760s+)

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hit the bottle

[fr Middle English and dialect bowse (pronounced like booze), ''drink, carouse,'' reinforced by the name of a 19thcentury Philadelphia distiller, E G Booze]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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