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sloshed

[ slosht ]
/ slɒʃt /
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Origin of sloshed

First recorded in 1945–50; slosh + -ed2
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What does sloshed mean?

Sloshed is a slang adjective that means drunk (and often extremely drunk).

Sloshed is just one of the many slang synonyms for intoxicated, including bombed, blitzed, plastered, hammered, smashed, wasted, trashed, 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 sloshed may not even be able to walk or talk properly. In some cases, a person who’s sloshed 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 sloshed that he couldn’t remember anything that happened before he woke up in his car, which he had crashed into a tree.

Where does sloshed come from?

The first records of the slang use of sloshed come from around the 1940s. The verb slosh means to splash around in a liquid (or for a liquid to splash around haphazardly). Someone who’s sloshed has alcohol sloshing around in their stomach.

Sloshed and other slang terms for “drunk” often imply a messiness, sloppiness, or loss of control. Such 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 sloshed

sloshed
/ (slɒʃt) /

adjective
mainly British a slang word for drunk
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