[ kuh-rouz ]
See synonyms for: carousecarousingcarouser on

verb (used without object),ca·roused, ca·rous·ing.
  1. to engage in a drunken revel: They caroused all night.

  2. to drink deeply and frequently.


Origin of carouse

First recorded in 1550–60; variant of garouse, from German gar aus (trinken) “(to drink) fully out,” i.e., “to drain the cup”; compare Middle French carous, from dialectal German gar ūs

Other words for carouse

Other words from carouse

  • ca·rous·er, noun

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How to use carouse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for carouse


/ (kəˈraʊz) /

  1. (intr) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely

  1. another word for carousal

Origin of carouse

C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out

Derived forms of carouse

  • carouser, noun
  • carousing, noun

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