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[druhng-kerd] /ˈdrʌŋ kərd/
a person who is habitually or frequently drunk.
Origin of drunkard
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at drunk, -ard
toper, sot, tippler, drinker.
Synonym Study
Drunkard and inebriate are terms for a person who drinks hard liquors habitually. Drunkard connotes willful indulgence to excess. Inebriate is a slightly more formal term than drunkard. Dipsomaniac is the term for a person who, because of some psychological or physiological illness, has an irresistible craving for liquor. The dipsomaniac is popularly called an alcoholic. Unabridged
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  • It is bad enough as it is,—a drunkard for a father, and we nothing more than beggars!

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.

  • He couldn't have had a very good time; his father was a drunkard.

  • “Sure sign of a drunkard,” he returned wisely, in a similar undertone.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Charlie was not only a drunkard still, but the “crook” he was supposed to be.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • That was what distinguished him from the drunkard and the drug-taker.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • There are those who claim that he was unjust to Cooke, making him more of a drunkard than he really was.

    Andr William Dunlap
  • Now and again they stepped off the pavement to leave room for some drunkard who had fallen there.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for drunkard


a person who is frequently or habitually drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drunkard

1520s, droncarde, but probably older (attested from late 13c. as a surname, Druncard), from Middle English dronken, participial adjective from drunk (q.v.), + -ard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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