- to engage in a drunken revel: They caroused all night.
- to drink deeply and frequently.
Origin of carouse
1550–60; variant of garouse < German gar aus (trinken) (to drink) fully out, i.e. drain the cup; compare Middle French carous < dialectal German gar ūs
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Related Words for carousersponge, alcoholic, lush, inebriate, boozer, sot, bum, drinker, drunkard, hobo, carouser, guzzler, dipsomaniac, souse, bacchanal, soak, tippler, stiff, wino, debauchee
- (intr) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely
- another word for carousal
Word Origin for carouse
C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1550s, from Middle French carousser "drink, quaff, swill," from German gar aus "quite out," from gar austrinken; trink garaus "to drink up entirely." Frequently also as an adverb in early English usage (to drink carouse).
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