a person who is habitually or frequently drunk.

Origin of drunkard

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

Synonyms for drunkard

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 for drunkard

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Contemporary Examples of drunkard

Historical Examples of drunkard

  • 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



a person who is frequently or habitually drunk
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Word Origin and History for drunkard

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

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