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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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Examples from the Web for boozed
Historical Examples
  • Some people who saw him probably thought he was boozed, but he wasn't, any more than I was.

  • Liza, as she scrambled up the steps, said: 'Well, I believe I'm boozed.'

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • Not much use in a honeymoon when one's boozed and the other ain't.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Look here, Marcella, the only thing is for me to get boozed and borrow it!


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Another captain leaned over to me and said, 'Don't take any notice of him, he's boozed all this week.'

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • But if I were not boozed I couldn't ask—ask even for the job of gorse-grubbing or road sweeping.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Mr. Pugmire was settin' by the fire, not to say boozed, but as is usual about nine o'clock.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • "I'll bet it's some German who has boozed too much at home, and his folks have thrown him out," hinted Billy.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Well, it isn't much of a life, that, an' Lizzie's mother had a poor life even for a labourer's wife because McCamley boozed.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • When you're boozed you're not in it—you lose your head; but when you're right you make fellows wonder what you are.

    The Chequers James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for boozed


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 boozed



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 boozed


adj,adj phr

Drunk •In-Included as bowz'd in Benjamin Franklin's 1722 list of 225 words meaning ''drunk'' ( first form 1850+, second 1880s+)



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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