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 drunkenness

Historical Examples of drunkenness

  • In sharp contrast to this, the drunkenness of Callidamates in Most.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • This is conviviality; but it has no relation to drunkenness.

  • But such a scene of drunkenness was hardly ever seen in this country.

  • The sexual passion has often been compared to drunkenness or to mental disease.

  • The driver had been drinking and in his drunkenness he had thrashed the poor beast.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for drunkenness



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 drunkenness

Old English druncennysse; see drunken + -ness.



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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Medicine definitions for drunkenness




The condition of being delirious with or as if with alcohol; intoxication.
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