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plastered

[ plas-terd, plah-sterd ]
/ ˈplæs tərd, ˈplɑ stərd /
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Origin of plastered

First recorded in 1910–15; plaster + -ed2
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What does plastered mean?

Plastered is a slang adjective that means extremely drunk.

Plastered is just one of the many slang synonyms for intoxicated, including bombed, blitzed, hammered, smashed, wasted, trashed, sloshed, and tanked. 

Such words often imply that a person is drunk beyond a point of being able to function in even the most basic ways. Someone who’s described as plastered probably can’t even walk or talk properly. In many cases, a person who’s plastered is intoxicated to the point of blacking out—losing consciousness and probably losing their memory of what happened when they were intoxicated.

Example: He got so plastered that he couldn’t remember anything that happened before he woke up in his car, which he had crashed into a tree.

Where does plastered come from?

The first records of the slang use of plastered come from the early 1900s. The verb plaster means to cover something with plaster, a kind of paste that hardens when it dries. However, plaster can also be used as a slang term meaning to destroy by bombing (or, by extension, to knock down or injure, such as by hitting). Plastered meaning “drunk” may derive from this sense of the word.

Other slang terms meaning “drunk” also use imagery related to things being destroyed, including bombed, blitzed, hammered, and smashed. These terms emphasize the dramatic and harmful effects that alcohol (or other drugs) can have on the brain, resulting in things like memory loss, slurred speech, and the inability to walk without staggering or at all.

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British Dictionary definitions for plastered

plastered
/ (ˈplɑːstəd) /

adjective

slang intoxicated; drunk
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