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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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  • The cellars of old wines were quickly emptied by drunken revelers.

    Orphans of the Storm Henry MacMahon
  • He's got a drunken father,—one of the meanest kind of drunkards.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Uttering a wild savage shout, the drunken sailor sprang over the corpse, followed by his comrades in crime.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • "Often enough," he said fiercely, and he thought of his drunken father.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Every fourth or fifth house is a rum shop, and the so-called palm-wine sheds are filled every night with drunken men and women.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
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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