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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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  • If health is a desideratum, one way to attain a lot of it is to cut out the booze.

    The Old Game Samuel G. Blythe
  • The glasses were filled up again as fast as they were emptied, the booze increased.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • At eight o'clock that day, he was still lively from the booze of the day before.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • A man could fight on booze, he said, but it was a mighty poor foundation for business.

  • Keep them out of the house and away from the women, and let them have their booze down in the grove.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
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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