- a person who is habitually or frequently drunk.
Origin of drunkard
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Drunkard and inebriate are terms for a person who drinks hard liquors habitually. Drunkard connotes willful indulgence to excess. Inebriate is a slightly more formal term than drunkard. Dipsomaniac is the term for a person who, because of some psychological or physiological illness, has an irresistible craving for liquor. The dipsomaniac is popularly called an alcoholic.
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Examples from the Web for drunkard
“Drunkard” was one of his favorite insults for Bush, who was public about his struggles with drinking in his younger days.Hugo Chávez Claims U.S. Gives Leaders Cancer and More Crazy Quotes
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But the moment of silence never happened; a drunkard started arguing with people and caused a small scuffle.Haiti Earthquake Anniversary: Finding a Skull in the Rubble
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It is bad enough as it is,—a drunkard for a father, and we nothing more than beggars!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.In the Midst of Alarms
He couldn't have had a very good time; his father was a drunkard.
“Sure sign of a drunkard,” he returned wisely, in a similar undertone.
Charlie was not only a drunkard still, but the “crook” he was supposed to be.
- a person who is frequently or habitually drunk
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Word Origin and History for drunkard
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