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drunken

[druhng-kuh n] /ˈdrʌŋ kən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated; drunk.
2.
given to drunkenness.
3.
pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication:
a drunken quarrel.
Origin
variant of drunk adj. and past participle
Related forms
drunkenly, adverb
drunkenness, noun
half-drunken, adjective
undrunken, adjective
Synonyms
1. inebriated, tipsy, fuddled, besotted.
Antonyms
1. sober.
Usage note
See drunk.
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British Dictionary definitions for drunkenness

drunken

/ˈdrʌŋkən/
adjective
1.
intoxicated with or as if with alcohol
2.
frequently or habitually drunk
3.
(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 drunkenness
n.

Old English druncennysse; see drunken + -ness.

drunken

adj.

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

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drunkenness in Medicine

drunkenness drunk·en·ness (drŭng'kə-nĭs)
n.
The condition of being delirious with or as if with alcohol; intoxicated.

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