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carouse

[kuh-rouz] /kəˈraʊz/
verb (used without object), caroused, carousing.
1.
to engage in a drunken revel:
They caroused all night.
2.
to drink deeply and frequently.
noun
3.
Origin of carouse
dialectal German
1550-1560
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
Synonyms
1. revel, celebrate, drink; live it up.
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  • He had heard that Burrowes and the German had been carousing all the morning with the captain of the Starlight.

    The Tapu Of Banderah Louis Becke
  • I remember, as if the scene of carousing of the old roysterers had been a sort of sanctuary.

  • Sick of trapping and hunting, with brief intervals of carousing, he felt himself to be.

  • But for her these nights would be spent in drinking, roistering, fighting and carousing.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • Fourteen years long Mokanna is reported to have lived in this fortress consuming his time with women in drinking and carousing.

  • The visiting and carousing of seamen in the Greenland ships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When they entered they were deafened with the noise of carousing and merrymaking.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • The hour fixed on was just before night, when they would all be carousing.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
British Dictionary definitions for carousing

carouse

/kəˈraʊz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to have a merry drinking spree; drink freely
noun
2.
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

carouse

v.

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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