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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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Examples from the web for drunkenness
  • He was arrested and charged with retail theft and public drunkenness.
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  • Whether your drunkenness is seen as premature celebration or defensive insulation, you're past this roadblock for now.
  • Plus the kids will have matured and will be far readier to chose learning over frequent drunkenness.
  • That's what alcohol- ethyl alcohol- does in the phenomenon termed drunkenness.
  • It includes one scene of drunkenness and some stylish suicide attempts.
  • Now, amongst the rest, drunkenness seems to me to be a gross and brutish vice.
  • Most festivals have a strict policy regarding drugs and public drunkenness.
  • For the poor, drunkenness is particularly dangerous.
British Dictionary definitions for drunkenness


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 drunkenness

Old English druncennysse; see drunken + -ness.



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)
The condition of being delirious with or as if with alcohol; intoxicated.

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