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drunkard

[druhng-kerd] /ˈdrʌŋ kərd/
noun
1.
a person who is habitually or frequently drunk.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see drunk, -ard
Synonyms
toper, sot, tippler, drinker. Drunkard and inebriate are terms for a person who drinks hard liquors habitually. Drunkard connotes willful indulgence to excess. Inebriate is a slightly more formal term than drunkard. Dipsomaniac is the term for a person who, because of some psychological or physiological illness, has an irresistible craving for liquor. The dipsomaniac is popularly called an alcoholic.
Antonyms
teetotaler.
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Examples for drunkard
  • Kinda in the same category as being rough on the homeless guy or street drunkard.
  • Giving alcohol to a drunkard is not going to help stop them from drinking.
  • It grows on him, for he is intellectual, and he becomes a drunkard.
  • Lush workers study a slobbering drunkard the same way.
  • They abandoned him because he was rather seen as a weak drunkard than as a leading strongman.
  • From the fool and the drunkard you may learn the truth.
  • Besides, he's such an infernal character-he's a gambler-he's a drunkard-he's a profligate in every way.
  • Anyone who has been proven to be a habitual drunkard or who is addicted to the use of narcotics.
  • He is pictured as a drunkard who takes bribes to pardon ex-Confederates.
British Dictionary definitions for drunkard

drunkard

/ˈdrʌŋkəd/
noun
1.
a person who is frequently or habitually drunk
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Word Origin and History for drunkard
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.

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