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[druhng-kuh n] /ˈdrʌŋ kən/
intoxicated; drunk.
given to drunkenness.
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
1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.
1. sober.
Usage note
See drunk. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for drunkenness
Historical Examples
  • It is enough, as an instance of what I mean, to name the vice of drunkenness.

    The Christian Life Thomas Arnold
  • All blasphemy and swearing was to be punished with severity, and also drunkenness.

  • Especially is drunkenness one, for drink makes men particularly self-secure, reckless and disorderly.

  • What has the Church said worthy of itself in regard to drunkenness?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • drunkenness places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him above them.

  • They have few quarrels, no thieving, no drunkenness, no abject poverty.

  • They are taken at birth into an environment of theft, drunkenness, and vice.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • It was the first time Gyp had ever come to close quarters with drunkenness.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • In May 1913, a woman, who was charged with drunkenness at the West Ham police court, laid the blame for her condition on her pipe.

  • Illness and drunkenness cannot be treated as one and the same thing.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for drunkenness


intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
frequently or habitually drunk
(prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxication: a drunken brawl
Derived Forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drunkenness

Old English druncennysse; see drunken + -ness.



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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drunkenness in Medicine

drunkenness drunk·en·ness (drŭng'kə-nĭs)
The condition of being delirious with or as if with alcohol; intoxicated.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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