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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for drunkenness
Historical Examples
  • It is enough, as an instance of what I mean, to name the vice of drunkenness.

    The Christian Life Thomas Arnold
  • This is conviviality; but it has no relation to drunkenness.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • Especially is drunkenness one, for drink makes men particularly self-secure, reckless and disorderly.

  • The world was full of oppression, and envy, and drunkenness, and vain pleasures.

  • drunkenness places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him above them.

  • Touching their drunkenness and the trifle of rioting, what soldiers have not these faults?

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • They are taken at birth into an environment of theft, drunkenness, and vice.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • There was something frightful in this somnambulism of drunkenness.

  • In May 1913, a woman, who was charged with drunkenness at the West Ham police court, laid the blame for her condition on her pipe.

  • Varro sounded the praise of drunkenness in terms no less pathetic.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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