[bib-yuh-luh s]


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)
Related formsbib·u·lous·ly, adverbbib·u·lous·ness, bib·u·los·i·ty [bib-yuh-los-i-tee] /ˌbɪb yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·bib·u·lous, adjectivenon·bib·u·lous·ly, adverbnon·bib·u·lous·ness, nounun·bib·u·lous, adjectiveun·bib·u·lous·ly, adverbun·bib·u·lous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bibulous

absorptive, permeable, porous, spongy, alcoholic, boozy, sottish

Examples from the Web for bibulous

Historical Examples of bibulous

  • His mind strayed back to Ralston, and to the bibulous explorer.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • But this we leave to the bibulous, and go on with the story.

    Moon Lore

    Timothy Harley

  • In a general way we attributed it to the bibulous set at the Corners.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • The bibulous passenger was severely shaken, but very dignified.

  • I shall waste my talents intellectual and bibulous on him no longer.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for bibulous



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper