any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
a drinking bout or spree.

verb (used without object), boozed, booz·ing.

to drink alcohol, especially to excess: He continued to booze until his health finally gave out.


    booze it up, to drink heavily and persistently.

Origin of booze

1610–20; respelling of bouse2, reflecting one of its pronunciation variants
Related formsbooz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for booze

alcohol, sauce, cocktail, hootch, hooch

Examples from the Web for booze

Contemporary Examples of booze

Historical Examples of booze

  • If health is a desideratum, one way to attain a lot of it is to cut out the booze.

    The Old Game

    Samuel G. Blythe

  • The glasses were filled up again as fast as they were emptied, the booze increased.


    Emile Zola

  • At eight o'clock that day, he was still lively from the booze of the day before.


    Emile Zola

  • A man could fight on booze, he said, but it was a mighty poor foundation for business.

  • Keep them out of the house and away from the women, and let them have their booze down in the grove.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for booze



alcoholic drink
a drinking bout or party


(usually intr) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
Derived Formsboozed, adjectiveboozing, noun

Word Origin for booze

C13: from Middle Dutch būsen
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Word Origin and History for booze

by 1821, perhaps 1714; probably originally as a verb, "to drink a lot" (1768), variant of Middle English bouse (c.1300), from Middle Dutch busen "to drink heavily," related to Middle High German bus (intransitive) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Johnson's dictionary has rambooze "A drink made of wine, ale, eggs and sugar in winter time; or of wine, milk, sugar and rose-water in the summer time." In New Zealand from c.World War II, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.

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