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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Examples from the Web for drunkenly

Contemporary Examples of drunkenly

Historical Examples of drunkenly

  • He ground his teeth as he drunkenly pondered that irrefutable fact.

    The Eddy

    Clarence L. Cullen

  • It swung about drunkenly; went to its knees; stretched upon the floor.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

  • This speech was drunkenly approved, and the men pressed forward.

    The Fat of the Land

    John Williams Streeter

  • He had reeled, had paused as he caught and steadied himself, had gone on drunkenly.

    Wolf Breed

    Jackson Gregory

  • He laughed boisterously and drunkenly as he spoke and lurched backward over the sands.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

British Dictionary definitions for drunkenly



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 drunkenly



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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