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  1. any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
  2. a drinking bout or spree.
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verb (used without object), boozed, booz·ing.
  1. to drink alcohol, especially to excess: He continued to booze until his health finally gave out.
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  1. booze it up, to drink heavily and persistently.
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Origin of booze

1610–20; respelling of bouse2, reflecting one of its pronunciation variants
Related formsbooz·er, noun
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Related Words

drunk, alcoholic, lush, sponge, wino, sot, toper

Examples from the Web for boozer

Historical Examples

  • I've had the fellow looked up and he hasn't any money and is a boozer besides.

    Poor White

    Sherwood Anderson

  • Haven't you enough to do without wasting your time over a boozer?

  • If yer mother'd bin a boozer, and yer father'd got the chuck.

  • She must feel a greater contempt for them than the private-barmaid does for the boozer she cleans out.

  • According to Mr. Boozer, his son-in-law, now living in Asotin, the location was made in 1866.

British Dictionary definitions for boozer


noun informal
  1. a person who is fond of drinking
  2. British, Australian and NZ a bar or pub
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  1. alcoholic drink
  2. a drinking bout or party
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  1. (usually intr) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
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Derived Formsboozed, adjectiveboozing, noun

Word Origin

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



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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