Origin of drunk
usage note for drunk
words often confused with drunk
Only drunk occurs after a linking verb: He was not drunk, just jovial. The actor was drunk with success. The modifier drunk in legal language describes a person whose blood contains more than the legally allowed percentage of alcohol: Drunk drivers go to jail.
Drunken, not drunk, is almost always the form used with nouns that do not name persons: drunken arrogance; a drunken free-for-all. In such uses it normally has the sense “pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication.” Drunken is also idiomatic in such expressions as drunken bum or drunken sailor.
OTHER WORDS FROM drunkhalf-drunk, adjectiveun·drunk, adjective
Words nearby drunk
How to use drunk in a sentence
The police told me that, based on the accounts of two eyewitnesses, the two drunks who had been ejected from the bar I passed had snuck up behind me and hit me on the back of the head with a brick.
While no amount of safety gear can protect you from a distracted or drunk driver, being visible on the road at night can help you avoid being struck by attentive drivers.
Given that alcohol is pretty good at making people act in confusing or mystifying ways, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that in the 1800's bamboozle began to be used as slang for "drunk."
It’s also known as ethanol, the type of alcohol that can make someone drunk.
Scientists, though, were skeptical that such large animals could eat enough fruit to get drunk.
As Peled puts it, “The whiskey bottle is still on the table and people are drunk.”
I did know girls who had had sexual experiences when they were too drunk to fully know what was going on.
If the President is seeking a way to court Republicans, alcohol is a slam-drunk.
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.
But the headlines revealed: last night, as predicted, 26-year-old candidate George Washington carried the drunk vote.
And she did go; the doctor with great attention sending in half a dozen of medicine, to be drunk upon the road.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
I have digged, and drunk water, and have dried up with the sole of my foot, all the rivers shut up in banks.
Therefore hear this, thou poor little one, and thou that art drunk but not with wine.
The horse, whose health had been drunk in his absence, was standing outside, ready harnessed to the cart.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
But the neighbors soon made up their minds what they thought of the strangers, for the father was very drunk.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner