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

Examples from the Web for boozed

Historical Examples of boozed

  • Some people who saw him probably thought he was boozed, but he wasn't, any more than I was.

  • Liza, as she scrambled up the steps, said: 'Well, I believe I'm boozed.'

    Liza of Lambeth

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Not much use in a honeymoon when one's boozed and the other ain't.


    M. Leonora Eyles

  • Look here, Marcella, the only thing is for me to get boozed and borrow it!


    M. Leonora Eyles

  • Another captain leaned over to me and said, 'Don't take any notice of him, he's boozed all this week.'

    Three Elephant Power

    Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

British Dictionary definitions for boozed



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 boozed



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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