[ kuh-rouz ]
/ kəˈraʊz /
verb (used without object), ca·roused, ca·rous·ing.
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
Related formsca·rous·er, nounca·rous·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·rous·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carouser
/ (kəˈraʊz) /
(intr) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely
another word for carousal
Derived Formscarouser, nouncarousing, noun
Word Origin for carouse
C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out
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Word Origin and History for carouser
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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