- being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated: The wine made him drunk.
- overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion: drunk with power; drunk with joy.
- pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons.
- an intoxicated person.
- a spree; drinking party.
- past participle and nonstandard simple past tense of drink.
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.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
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
April 23, 2014
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.
The landlord was half-drunk already in honour of the occasion.Fantmas
The man was half-drunk, and the poor children were running about half-naked and half-starved.Gipsy Life
The scoundrel is half-drunk himself, and smells like a spirit-vault.
His son, Jim, every two or three months, broke loose for a half-drunk.Mountain
- partially intoxicated with alcohol
- intoxicated with alcohol to the extent of losing control over normal physical and mental functions
- overwhelmed by strong influence or emotiondrunk with joy
- a person who is drunk or drinks habitually to excess
- informal a drinking bout
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.