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booze

[booz] /buz/
noun
1.
any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
2.
a drinking bout or spree.
verb (used without object), boozed, boozing.
3.
to drink alcohol, especially to excess:
He continued to booze until his health finally gave out.
Idioms
4.
booze it up, to drink heavily and persistently.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; respelling of bouse2, reflecting one of its pronunciation variants
Related forms
boozer, noun
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Examples for booze
  • Bootleggers smuggled legit booze, but could also get pretty creative in concocting home-brewed liquor.
  • Early happy hour is pretty standard across the board, typically with deep discounts on food and booze.
  • Even rats with low preference for booze drank significantly less after treatment.
  • He doesn't talk much, and anesthetizes any feelings with copious amounts of booze.
  • They told him to cut out coffee and booze, and to stop worrying.
  • Times may be tough, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to off-brand booze.
  • The desserts really seemed to be afterthoughts, detractors from the actual main attraction: the booze.
  • People found ways to get around the ban on booze and whole illegal industries flourished.
  • The boys' friendship almost falls apart under the strain of arriving at the proper gathering with an armful of booze.
  • Still, nothing on the menu is unappetizing, and all of it soaks up the booze.
British Dictionary definitions for booze

booze

/buːz/
noun
1.
alcoholic drink
2.
a drinking bout or party
verb
3.
(usually intransitive) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
Derived Forms
boozed, adjective
boozing, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Dutch būsen
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Word Origin and History for booze
booze
by 1768 "drink a lot" (v.), variant of M.E. bouse (c.1300), from M.Du. busen "to drink heavily," related to M.H.G. bus (intrans.) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun is recorded by 1821, perhaps 1714; reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Boozy (1719) was one of Benjamin Franklin's 225 synonyms for "drunk," published in 1722. In New Zealand from c.WWII, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.
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Slang definitions & phrases for booze

booze

noun

Any alcoholic drink, esp whiskey and other spirits (1880s+)

verb

To drink alcoholic beverages, esp to drink whiskey heavily (1760s+)

Related Terms

hit the bottle

[fr Middle English and dialect bowse (pronounced like booze), ''drink, carouse,'' reinforced by the name of a 19thcentury Philadelphia distiller, E G Booze]


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