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drunk

[druhngk] /drʌŋk/
adjective
1.
being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated:
The wine made him drunk.
2.
overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion:
drunk with power; drunk with joy.
3.
pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons.
noun
4.
an intoxicated person.
5.
a spree; drinking party.
verb
6.
past participle and nonstandard simple past tense of drink.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English drunken, Old English druncen, past participle of drincan to drink
Related forms
half-drunk, adjective
undrunk, adjective
Synonyms
1. drunken, inebriated.
Antonyms
1-3. sober.
Usage note
Both drunk and drunken are used as modifiers before nouns naming persons: a drunk customer; a drunken merrymaker. Only drunk occurs after a linking verb: He was not drunk, just jovial. The actor was drunk with success. The modifier drunk in legal language describes a person whose blood contains more than the legally allowed percentage of alcohol: Drunk drivers go to jail. Drunken, not drunk, is almost always the form used with nouns that do not name persons: drunken arrogance; a drunken free-for-all. In such uses it normally has the sense “pertaining to, caused by, or marked by intoxication.” Drunken is also idiomatic in such expressions as drunken bum. See also drink.
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British Dictionary definitions for half-drunk

half-drunk

adjective
1.
partially intoxicated with alcohol

drunk

/drʌŋk/
adjective
1.
intoxicated with alcohol to the extent of losing control over normal physical and mental functions
2.
overwhelmed by strong influence or emotion: drunk with joy
noun
3.
a person who is drunk or drinks habitually to excess
4.
(informal) a drinking bout
Word Origin
Old English druncen, past participle of drincan to drink; see drink
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Word Origin and History for half-drunk

drunk

adj.

past participle of drink, used as an adjective from mid-14c. in sense "intoxicated." In various expressions, e.g. "drunk as a lord" (1891); Chaucer has "dronke ... as a Mous" (c.1386); and, from 1709, "as Drunk as a Wheelbarrow." Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resemble: sheep, lion, ape, sow. Drunk driver first recorded 1948. Drunk-tank "jail cell for drunkards" attested by 1912, American English. The noun meaning "drunken person" is from 1852; earlier this would have been a drunkard.

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Slang definitions & phrases for half-drunk

drunk

adjective

Intoxicated by alcohol; plastered, schnockered, shit-faced (1340+)

noun
  1. A drinking bout; spree; bender, binge (1779+)
  2. A case or occasion of intoxication: Took him an hour to get a good drunk (1849+)
  3. A drunken person, esp a habitual alcoholic; Drunkard, lush (1852+)
Related Terms

cheap date, punch-drunk

[in all senses drunk verges on being standard English]


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half-drunk in the Bible

The first case of intoxication on record is that of Noah (Gen. 9:21). The sin of drunkenness is frequently and strongly condemned (Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thess. 5:7, 8). The sin of drinking to excess seems to have been not uncommon among the Israelites. The word is used figuratively, when men are spoken of as being drunk with sorrow, and with the wine of God's wrath (Isa. 63:6; Jer. 51:57; Ezek. 23:33). To "add drunkenness to thirst" (Deut. 29:19, A.V.) is a proverbial expression, rendered in the Revised Version "to destroy the moist with the dry", i.e., the well-watered equally with the dry land, meaning that the effect of such walking in the imagination of their own hearts would be to destroy one and all.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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