[ druhngk ]
/ drʌŋk /
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being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcohol; intoxicated: The wine made him drunk.
overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion: drunk with power; drunk with joy.
pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons; drunken: The semester before I dropped out was just a blur of drunk hookups and missed classes.



past participle and nonstandard simple past tense of drink.



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Origin of drunk

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English drunken, Old English druncen, past participle of drincan “to swallow liquid, drink”; see origin at drink

usage note for drunk

See drink.

words often confused with drunk

Both drunk and drunken are used as modifiers before nouns naming persons: a drunk customer; a drunken merrymaker.
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.


half-drunk, adjectiveun·drunk, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drunk

/ (drʌŋk) /


intoxicated with alcohol to the extent of losing control over normal physical and mental functions
overwhelmed by strong influence or emotiondrunk with joy


a person who is drunk or drinks habitually to excess
informal a drinking bout

Word Origin for drunk

Old English druncen, past participle of drincan to drink; see drink
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