From Middle English *bedrinken, from Old English bedrincan (“to drink in, drink up, absorb”); conflated with Middle English bidrenchen (“to soak up, steep”), from Old English bedrencan (“to drench completely”), equivalent to be- + drink and be- + drench. Cognate with Dutch bedrinken (“to drink up, get drunk”), German betrinken (“to get drunk”).
- (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To drink in; drink up; drink to the fullest
1860, Walter Thornbury, Turkish life and character:
- [...] not far from Tophana — the place of cannons — and doth there foolishly, selfishly, and sottishly bedrink himself unroyally drunk with bottle after bottle of champagne, [...]
1889, Solomon Caesar Malan, Original notes on the Book of Proverbs:
- "Thus the unsteady woman [bedrinks] intoxicates the firm and resolute man."
- (reflexive, archaic) to get drunk
1899, University of Virginia, The Virginia spectator:
- That "moreover it behooveth to scourge all such heretics as would have it that these herein-afore-mentioned swineherds had bedrunk themselves and did cunningly adduce this tale of witchery to the end that they might escape meet [...]"