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[kuh-rouz] /kəˈraʊz/
verb (used without object), caroused, carousing.
to engage in a drunken revel:
They caroused all night.
to drink deeply and frequently.
Origin of carouse
dialectal German
1550-60; variant of garouse < German gar aus (trinken) (to drink) fully out, i.e. drain the cup; compare Middle French carous < dialectal German gar ūs
Related forms
carouser, noun
carousingly, adverb
uncarousing, adjective
1. revel, celebrate, drink; live it up. Unabridged
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  • Years of carousing in brothels with literary boon companions followed.
  • There's an aspect of them that's a caricature, always drinking and carousing.
  • In the second place, the crew is permitted to go carousing the night before it takes off.
  • Instead of carousing in karaoke bars, he had tried to set up his own business.
  • After a late night of carousing, you can call a cab quickly and painlessly.
  • Do not allow school buses or other vehicles such as delivery trucks to idle on school grounds and discourage carousing.
  • Unfortunately, these crews contained drifters, lookin g to earn a buck between seasons of carousing.
  • When the railroad reached town the crews went wild drinking, celebrating, and carousing.
  • They are drinking and carousing and think every day a holiday.
  • On horseback, galloping about and carousing at this rancho and that.
British Dictionary definitions for carousing


(intransitive) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely
another word for carousal
Derived Forms
carouser, noun
carousing, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French carrousser from German (trinken) gar aus (to drink) right out
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Word Origin and History for carousing



1550s, from Middle French carousser "drink, quaff, swill," from German gar aus "quite out," from gar austrinken; trink garaus "to drink up entirely." Frequently also as an adverb in early English usage (to drink carouse).

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