- being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated: The wine made him drunk.
- overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion: drunk with power; drunk with joy.
- pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons.
- an intoxicated person.
- a spree; drinking party.
- past participle and nonstandard simple past tense of drink.
Origin of drunk
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- to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
- to imbibe alcoholic drinks, especially habitually or to excess; tipple: He never drinks. They won't find jobs until they stop drinking.
- to show one's respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often followed by to): They drank to his victory.
- to be savored or enjoyed by drinking: a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
- to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
- to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
- to take in through the senses, especially with eagerness and pleasure (often followed by in): He drank in the beauty of the scene.
- to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
- to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event): to drink one's health.
- any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
- liquor; alcohol.
- excessive indulgence in alcohol: Drink was his downfall.
- a swallow or draft of liquid; potion: She took a drink of water before she spoke.
- Informal. a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually preceded by the): His teammates threw him in the drink.
Origin of drink
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The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk : Who has drunk all the milk? However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery. See also drunk.
Examples from the Web for drunk
As Peled puts it, “The whiskey bottle is still on the table and people are drunk.”Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
I did know girls who had had sexual experiences when they were too drunk to fully know what was going on.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
But the headlines revealed: last night, as predicted, 26-year-old candidate George Washington carried the drunk vote.Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
Adriana explained to me that in 2001 she “remember[s] having seen prisoners in blood, drunk or in the middle of a fight.”Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
He's got a mother, but the ould woman's drunk most all the time.Brave and Bold
If I'm left to myself to-night I'll get drunk and go out shooting tenants.Viviette
William J. Locke
"The Queen" and "the President" were drunk with all the honors.
The forty are drunk, and the three are but indifferent sober.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Grace had eaten little and drunk nothing; but Howe was slightly stimulated.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- intoxicated with alcohol to the extent of losing control over normal physical and mental functions
- overwhelmed by strong influence or emotiondrunk with joy
- a person who is drunk or drinks habitually to excess
- informal a drinking bout
- to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
- (tr) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorbthis plant drinks a lot of water
- (tr usually foll by in) to pay close attention (to); be fascinated (by)he drank in the speaker's every word
- (tr) to bring (oneself into a certain condition) by consuming alcohol
- (tr often foll by away) to dispose of or ruin by excessive expenditure on alcoholhe drank away his fortune
- (intr) to consume alcohol, esp to excess
- (when intr, foll by to) to drink (a toast) in celebration, honour, or hope (of)
- drink someone under the table to be able to drink more intoxicating beverage than someone
- drink the health of to salute or celebrate with a toast
- drink with the flies Australian informal to drink alone
- liquid suitable for drinking; any beverage
- alcohol or its habitual or excessive consumption
- a portion of liquid for drinking; draught
- the drink informal the sea
Word Origin and History for drunk
past participle of drink, used as an adjective from mid-14c. in sense "intoxicated." In various expressions, e.g. "drunk as a lord" (1891); Chaucer has "dronke ... as a Mous" (c.1386); and, from 1709, "as Drunk as a Wheelbarrow." Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resemble: sheep, lion, ape, sow. Drunk driver first recorded 1948. Drunk-tank "jail cell for drunkards" attested by 1912, American English. The noun meaning "drunken person" is from 1852; earlier this would have been a drunkard.
Old English drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit'; see imbibe).
The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.