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

Synonyms for carouse

1. revel, celebrate, drink; live it up. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for carousing

play, riot, imbibe, drink, revel, booze, wassail, roister, frolic, quaff

Examples from the Web for carousing

Contemporary Examples of carousing

Historical Examples of carousing

  • He does not even tell us what pleasure Henry finds in living and carousing with Falstaff.

  • I remember, as if the scene of carousing of the old roysterers had been a sort of sanctuary.

  • But for her these nights would be spent in drinking, roistering, fighting and carousing.

  • It is simply a cup of tea we mean to give; sorely there's no carousing in that.

  • After a while the carousing bandits called for what they called "Black Peter."

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British Dictionary definitions for carousing



(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 carousing



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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