- a drinking spree.
Origin of booze-up
- any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
- a drinking bout or spree.
- 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
- alcoholic drink
- a drinking bout or party
- (usually intr) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
Word Origin for booze
- British, Australian and NZ slang a drinking spree
Word Origin and History for booze up
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.