- drumstick finger,
- drunk as a lord,
- drunk dial,
- drunk driving,
- drunk tank,
- drunk text
Origin of drunk
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 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.
“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.
Adriana explained to me that in 2001 she “remember[s] having seen prisoners in blood, drunk or in the middle of a fight.”Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison|Jason Batansky|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Cubans nearly all drink, but very little at a time, and rarely get drunk.Pioneering in Cuba|James Meade Adams
Now he was in a state bordering on ecstasy, and all that he had drunk seemed to fly to his head with redoubled effect.Crime and Punishment|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Patrick was drunk last night; but did not come to me, else I should have given him t'other cuff.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
On this occasion I got drunk, for the second time in my life.Ned Myers|James Fenimore Cooper
He was not unaccustomed to doing foolish things when he was drunk, and as a rule he made it a point to ignore them afterwards.The Uphill Climb|B. M. Bower
Word Origin for drunk
verb drinks, drinking, drank (dræŋk) or drunk (drʌŋk)
Word Origin for drink
past participle of drink, used as an adjective from mid-14c. in sense "intoxicated." In various expressions, e.g. "drunk as a lord" (1891); Chaucer has "dronke ... as a Mous" (c.1386); and, from 1709, "as Drunk as a Wheelbarrow." Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resemble: sheep, lion, ape, sow. Drunk driver first recorded 1948. Drunk-tank "jail cell for drunkards" attested by 1912, American English. The noun meaning "drunken person" is from 1852; earlier this would have been a drunkard.
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