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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
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Examples from the Web for drunkenness
Historical Examples
  • In sharp contrast to this, the drunkenness of Callidamates in Most.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • This is conviviality; but it has no relation to drunkenness.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • But such a scene of drunkenness was hardly ever seen in this country.

  • The sexual passion has often been compared to drunkenness or to mental disease.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The driver had been drinking and in his drunkenness he had thrashed the poor beast.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • A latent chivalry held him which no depths of drunkenness could drown.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • And as for the drunkenness, I'd like to know who's seen Mr. Thomas drunk.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The world was full of oppression, and envy, and drunkenness, and vain pleasures.

  • But the power of words was lost in the drunkenness of his rage.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Touching their drunkenness and the trifle of rioting, what soldiers have not these faults?

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
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
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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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