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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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  • drunkenly he exerted the strength of his knotted biceps, wrenching the horse down; it screamed, its jaw almost dislocated.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • He had reeled, had paused as he caught and steadied himself, had gone on drunkenly.

    Wolf Breed Jackson Gregory
  • They stopped a little way from him, some drunkenly grave, others winking or leering, some abusive and threatening.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • He laughed boisterously and drunkenly as he spoke and lurched backward over the sands.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Reeling on wide-braced legs Conan drunkenly tore the door-flap open and staggered out under the canopy.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for drunkenly

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 drunkenly

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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