drunken
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English druncen, from past participle of drincan to drink Date: before 12th century 1. drunk 1 <
a drunken driver
>
2. obsolete saturated with liquid 3. a. given to habitual excessive use of alcohol b. of, relating to, or characterized by intoxication <
they come from…broken homes, drunken homes — P. B. Gilliam
>
c. resulting from or as if from intoxication <
a drunken brawl
>
4. unsteady or lurching as if from alcoholic intoxication • drunkenly adverbdrunkenness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Drunken — Drunk en, a. [AS. druncen, prop., that has drunk, p. p. of drincan, taken as active. See {Drink}, v. i., and cf. {Drunk}.] 1. Overcome by strong drink; intoxicated by, or as by, spirituous liquor; inebriated. [1913 Webster] Drunken men imagine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drunken — [druŋk′ən] vt., vi. [ME dronken < OE druncen, pp. of drincan, to DRINK] archaic pp. of DRINK adj. 1. intoxicated or habitually intoxicated; drunk 2. caused by, characterized by, or occurring during intoxication [drunken driving]: Used before a …   English World dictionary

  • drunken — full form of the pp. of DRUNK (Cf. drunk). Meaning inebriated was in O.E. druncena; adj. meaning habitually intoxicated is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly …   Etymology dictionary

  • drunken — *drunk, intoxicated, inebriated, tipsy, tight Analogous words: & Antonyms: see those at DRUNK …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • drunken — drunk, drunken In general drunk is used predicatively (after a verb: He arrived drunk) and drunken is used attributively (before a noun: We have a drunken landlord). There is sometimes a slight difference in meaning, drunk referring to a… …   Modern English usage

  • drunken — [[t]drʌ̱ŋkən[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n Drunken is used to describe events and situations that involve people who are drunk. The pain roused him from his drunken stupor... He hit her with a frying pan during a drunken brawl. 2) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n… …   English dictionary

  • Drunken — Drink Drink (dr[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. {Drank} (dr[a^][ng]k), formerly {Drunk} (dr[u^][ng]k); & p. p. {Drunk}, {Drunken} ( n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drinking}. Drunken is now rarely used, except as a verbal adj. in sense of habitually intoxicated; the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drunken — drunk|en [ˈdrʌŋkən] adj [only before noun] 1.) drunk or showing that you are drunk ▪ McBride was a drunken bully. ▪ She was lying in a drunken stupor (=nearly unconscious from being drunk) on the sidewalk. 2.) drunken party/orgy/brawl etc a party …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drunken — drunk·en drəŋ kən adj 1) DRUNK (1) <a drunken driver> 2 a) given to habitual excessive use of alcohol b) of, relating to, or characterized by intoxication <drunken parties> c) resulting from or as if from intoxication <a drunken… …   Medical dictionary

  • drunken — adjective (only before noun) 1 drunk or showing that you are drunk: drunken shouting | be in a drunken stupor (=almost asleep because you are so drunk) 2 drunken party/orgy etc a party etc where people are drunk drunkenly adverb drunkenness noun… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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