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.
- drink like a fish,
- drink to,
- drink to me only with thine eyes,
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.
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.
Salute a person or occasion with a toast, as in Let's drink to our continued success. [Early 1500s]
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