[ bib-yuh-luh s ]
/ ˈbɪb yə ləs /


fond of or addicted to drink.
absorbent; spongy.

Origin of bibulous

1665–75; < Latin bibulus (bib(ere) to drink (cognate with Sanskrit píbati (he) drinks) + -ulus -ulous)
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British Dictionary definitions for bibulous


/ (ˈbɪbjʊləs) /


addicted to alcohol
Derived Formsbibulously, adverbbibulousness, noun

Word Origin for bibulous

C17: from Latin bibulus, from bibere to drink
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Word Origin and History for bibulous



1670s, "spongy, absorbent," from Latin bibulus "drinking readily, given to drink;" of things, "absorbent; moistened," from bibere "to drink" (see imbibe). Meaning "fond of drink" attested in English by 1861.

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