being in a temporary state in which one’s physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic ; 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; party.
past participle and nonstandard simple past tense of .
verb (used without object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often drank, drinking.
to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
to imbibe alcoholic drinks, especially habitually or to excess; tipple:
He never drinks. They won’t find jobs until they stop drinking.
to show one’s respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often followed by to):
They drank to his victory.
to be savored or enjoyed by drinking:
a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
verb (used with object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often drank, drinking.
to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
to take in through the senses, especially with eagerness and pleasure (often followed by in):
He drank in the beauty of the scene.
to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event):
to drink one’s health.
any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
excessive indulgence in alcohol:
Drink was his downfall.
a swallow or draft of liquid; potion:
She took a drink of water before she spoke.
Informal. a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually preceded by the):
His teammates threw him in the drink.
intoxicated with alcohol to the extent of losing control over normal physical and mental functions
overwhelmed by strong influence or emotion: drunk with joy
a person who is drunk or drinks habitually to excess
(informal) a drinking bout
verb drinks, drinking, drank (dræŋk), drunk (drʌŋk)
to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
(transitive) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorb: this plant drinks a lot of water
(transitive) usually foll by in. to pay close attention (to); be fascinated (by): he drank in the speaker’s every word
(transitive) to bring (oneself into a certain condition) by consuming alcohol
(transitive) often foll by away. to dispose of or ruin by excessive expenditure on alcohol: he drank away his fortune
(intransitive) to consume alcohol, esp to excess
when intr, foll by to. to drink (a toast) in celebration, honour, or hope (of)
drink someone under the table, to be able to drink more intoxicating beverage than someone
drink the health of, to salute or celebrate with a toast
(Austral, informal) drink with the flies, to drink alone
liquid suitable for drinking; any beverage
alcohol or its habitual or excessive consumption
a portion of liquid for drinking; draught
(informal) the drink, the sea
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.
Old English drincan “to drink,” also “to swallow up, engulf” (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan “to drink”), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning “to draw.” Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit’; see imbibe).
The noun meaning “beverage, alcoholic beverage” was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.
Intoxicated by alcohol; plastered, schnockered, shit-faced (1340+)
cheap date, punch-drunk
[in all senses drunk verges on being standard English]
chain-drink, i’ll drink to that, take a drink
the big drink
The first case of intoxication on record is that of Noah (Gen. 9:21). The sin of drunkenness is frequently and strongly condemned (Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thess. 5:7, 8). The sin of drinking to excess seems to have been not uncommon among the Israelites. The word is used figuratively, when men are spoken of as being drunk with sorrow, and with the wine of God’s wrath (Isa. 63:6; Jer. 51:57; Ezek. 23:33). To “add drunkenness to thirst” (Deut. 29:19, A.V.) is a proverbial expression, rendered in the Revised Version “to destroy the moist with the dry”, i.e., the well-watered equally with the dry land, meaning that the effect of such walking in the imagination of their own hearts would be to destroy one and all.
The drinks of the Hebrews were water, wine, “strong drink,” and vinegar. Their drinking vessels were the cup, goblet or “basin,” the “cruse” or pitcher, and the saucer. To drink water by measure (Ezek. 4:11), and to buy water to drink (Lam. 5:4), denote great scarcity. To drink blood means to be satiated with slaughter. The Jews carefully strained their drinks through a sieve, through fear of violating the law of Lev. 11:20, 23, 41, 42. (See Matt. 23:24. “Strain at” should be “strain out.”)
- Drunk as a lord
Also, drunk as a fiddler or skunk ; falling-down or roaring drunk . Extremely intoxicated, as in He came home drunk as a lord . The three similes have survived numerous others. The first was considered proverbial by the mid-1600s and presumably alludes to the fact that noblemen drank more than commoners (because they could […]
[druhng-kerd] /ˈdrʌŋ kərd/ noun 1. a person who is habitually or frequently . /ˈdrʌŋkəd/ noun 1. a person who is frequently or habitually drunk n. 1520s, droncarde, but probably older (attested from late 13c. as a surname, Druncard), from Middle English dronken, participial adjective from drunk (q.v.), + -ard.
- Drunk as a skunk
adjective phrase Very drunk; schnockered: They bring beer and cigarettes, are drunk as skunks (1940s+)
/ˈdrʌŋkəˌθɒn/ noun 1. (informal) a session in which excessive quantities of alcohol are consumed