verb (used without object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often, drank, drink·ing.
verb (used with object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often, drank, drink·ing.
Origin of drink
The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk : Who has drunk all the milk? However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery. See also drunk.
Examples from the Web for drank
“Bars love to tell those stories: ‘So and so drank here, and George Washington slept here,’” Sismondo says.
Normally at high latitude you feel really unwell, but I drank it and felt rejuvenated.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food|DailyBurn|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Caligula drank “pearls of great price dissolved in vinegar.”
Then, she claims that after she drank the coffee, she felt woozy.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign|Marlow Stern|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As President, the Father of the Constitution James Madison drank a pint a day.
They all drank, and their hearts were warmed and peace reigned once more.The Downfall|Emile Zola
We were nobly treated, however, and the whisky flowed like water, but we drank no more than was good for us.
Leaving Umslopogaas to hold the horses, I hobbled to the spring and drank deep of its sweet waters.Allan Quatermain|H. Rider Haggard
His volubility increased with his perturbation, and then he drank excessively and sang Dixie.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
She turned the oblong handle which released two of the windows, pulled it towards her, and drank in the fresh night air.A Butterfly on the Wheel|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
verb drinks, drinking, drank (dræŋk) or drunk (drʌŋk)
Word Origin for drink
Old English drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit'; see imbibe).
The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.
In addition to the idioms beginning with drink
- drink like a fish
- drink to
- drive someone crazy (to drink)
- into the drink
- meat and drink to
- nurse a drink