[ booz-uhp ]
/ ˈbuzˌʌp /

noun Chiefly British.

a drinking spree.

Nearby words

  1. booty call,
  2. bootylicious,
  3. booze,
  4. booze cruise,
  5. booze hag,
  6. boozed,
  7. boozed-up,
  8. boozehound,
  9. boozer,
  10. boozy

Origin of booze-up

First recorded in 1895–1900


[ booz ]
/ buz /


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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for booze up


/ (buːz) informal /


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



British, Australian and NZ slang a drinking spree
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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.

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