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drunken

[druhng-kuh n] /ˈdrʌŋ kən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated; drunk.
2.
given to drunkenness.
3.
pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication:
a drunken quarrel.
Origin of drunken
variant of drunk adj. and past participle
Related forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
half-drunken, adjective
undrunken, adjective
Synonyms
1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.
Antonyms
1. sober.
Usage note
See drunk.
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  • But I got him too straight—let a drunken man alone for telling the truth when he's got it in him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He's got a drunken father,—one of the meanest kind of drunkards.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "Often enough," he said fiercely, and he thought of his drunken father.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "Keep your tongue still, or it will be the worse for you," shouted the most drunken of the archers.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • At the first step Mortimer staggered and swayed like a drunken man.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for drunken

drunken

/ˈdrʌŋkən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
2.
frequently or habitually drunk
3.
(prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxication: a drunken brawl
Derived Forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drunken
adj.

full form of the past participle of drunk. Meaning "inebriated" was in Old English druncena; adjectival meaning "habitually intoxicated" is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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