Origin of drunk
Examples from the Web for half-drunk
It was reminiscent of the old days of backroom politics and half-drunk reporters swaying against their typewriters.
Half-drunk and short on sleep, I asked what she meant, and she said, “Just wait and see.”How I’ll End the War: The Trip Over to Afghanistan|Nick Willard|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The half-drunk captains fingered them curiously, but the eyes from the throne scarcely regarded them.The Path of the King|John Buchan
Slater had been worse sober than he had been sleepy and half-drunk.Take the Reason Prisoner|John Joseph McGuire
My father was more than half-drunk when I was drawing this, so I couldn't ask him questions.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
He and I had been drinking together, and I was nearly drunk, but he was only about half-drunk.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
Presently, half-drunk, he was reciting some verses; and at the close he filled his glass and toasted Signora Hasse.
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Word Origin for drunk
Word Origin and History for half-drunk
past participle of drink, used as an adjective from mid-14c. in sense "intoxicated." In various expressions, e.g. "drunk as a lord" (1891); Chaucer has "dronke ... as a Mous" (c.1386); and, from 1709, "as Drunk as a Wheelbarrow." Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resemble: sheep, lion, ape, sow. Drunk driver first recorded 1948. Drunk-tank "jail cell for drunkards" attested by 1912, American English. The noun meaning "drunken person" is from 1852; earlier this would have been a drunkard.