intoxicated; drunk.
given to drunkenness.
pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication: a drunken quarrel.

Origin of drunken

variant of drunk adj. and past participle
Related formsdrunk·en·ly, adverbdrunk·en·ness, nounhalf-drunk·en, adjectiveun·drunk·en, adjective

Synonyms for drunken

1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.

Antonyms for drunken

1. sober.

Usage note

See drunk.
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Related Words for drunken

intoxicated, inebriated

Examples from the Web for drunken

Contemporary Examples of drunken

Historical Examples of drunken

  • But I got him too straight—let a drunken man alone for telling the truth when he's got it in him.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He's got a drunken father,—one of the meanest kind of drunkards.

  • "Often enough," he said fiercely, and he thought of his drunken father.

  • "Keep your tongue still, or it will be the worse for you," shouted the most drunken of the archers.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At the first step Mortimer staggered and swayed like a drunken man.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for drunken



intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
frequently or habitually drunk
(prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxicationa drunken brawl
Derived Formsdrunkenly, adverbdrunkenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drunken

full form of the past participle of drunk. Meaning "inebriated" was in Old English druncena; adjectival meaning "habitually intoxicated" is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly.

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