Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

drunkard

[druhng-kerd]
See more synonyms for drunkard on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a person who is habitually or frequently drunk.
Show More

Origin of drunkard

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at drunk, -ard

Synonyms

See more synonyms for drunkard on Thesaurus.com
toper, sot, tippler, drinker.

Synonym study

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.

Antonyms

teetotaler.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for drunkard

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • It is bad enough as it is,—a drunkard for a father, and we nothing more than beggars!

  • I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.

  • 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.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Charlie was not only a drunkard still, but the “crook” he was supposed to be.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for drunkard

drunkard

noun
  1. a person who is frequently or habitually drunk
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for drunkard

n.

1520s, droncarde, but probably older (attested from late 13c. as a surname, Druncard), from Middle English dronken, participial adjective from drunk (q.v.), + -ard.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper