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From Middle English drunke, drunken, ydrunke, ydrunken, from Old English druncen, ġedruncen (drunk), from Proto-Germanic *drunkanaz, *gadrunkanaz (drunk; drunken), past participle of Proto-Germanic *drinkaną (to drink). Cognate with Saterland Frisian dronken, West Frisian dronken, Dutch dronken, gedronken, German Low German drunken, bedrunken, German getrunken, betrunken, Swedish drucken, Icelandic drukkinn.


  • enPR: drŭngk, IPA(key): /dɹʌŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk


drunk (comparative drunker, superlative drunkest)

  1. Intoxicated as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, usually by drinking alcoholic beverages.
  2. Habitually or frequently in a state of intoxication.
  3. (usually followed by with or on) Elated or emboldened.
    Drunk with power he immediately ordered a management reshuffle.
    • Macaulay
      drunk with recent prosperity
  4. Drenched or saturated with moisture or liquid.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxxii. 42
      I will make mine arrows drunk with blood.


  • (intoxicated from alcohol): See Thesaurus:drunk
  • (habitually of frequently intoxicated from alcohol):
  • (saturated with moisture): See Thesaurus:wet

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drunk (plural drunks)

  1. One who is intoxicated with alcohol.
  2. A habitual drinker, especially one who is frequently intoxicated.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 10:
      Another drunk is sleeping in dangerous proximity to a brush fire.
  3. A drinking-bout; a period of drunkenness.
    • 1858, "A Scarcity of Jurors—Cangemi's Third Trial," New York Times, 8 Jun., p. 4:
      Gen. G. had been on a long drunk from July last until Christmas.
  4. A drunken state.
    • 2006, Patrick McCabe, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
      Here – help yourself to another drop there, Redmond! By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more crack in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!


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  1. past participle of drink
  2. (Southern US) simple past tense of drink