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[druhng-kuh n] /ˈdrʌŋ kən/
intoxicated; drunk.
given to drunkenness.
pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication:
a drunken quarrel.
Origin of drunken
variant of drunk adj. and past participle
Related forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
half-drunken, adjective
undrunken, adjective
1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.
1. sober.
Usage note
See drunk. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drunken
  • Many of the symptoms of hypothermia resemble those of a drunken stupor: sleepiness, clumsiness, confusion and even slurred speech.
  • They regularly guzzle the equivalent of about nine drinks a night-though they don't display what we'd consider drunken behavior.
  • From tipsy tree shrews to drunken monkeys, the primate lineage crawls with critters getting high off the hooch.
  • drunken fights and petty theft occurred alongside the anger over poverty and police brutality.
  • The money spent on college building that are damaged and befouled by drunken students is not is built into every college's budget.
  • It's difficult to maintain any moral superiority when your drunken revels are out there for public consumption.
  • Fiscally, spending is what sailors do on drunken sprees.
  • He is recovering from a drunken debauch which ended with his being bound up in telephone wire.
  • The shot keeps getting interrupted by the drunken owner of one of the roosters.
  • Tells how they once spent a drunken afternoon shooting an oak bookshelf in the writer's apartment with a shotgun.
British Dictionary definitions for drunken


intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
frequently or habitually drunk
(prenominal) caused by or relating to alcoholic intoxication: a drunken brawl
Derived Forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drunken

full form of the past participle of drunk. Meaning "inebriated" was in Old English druncena; adjectival meaning "habitually intoxicated" is from 1540s. Related: Drunkenly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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