booze

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Alteration of bowse.

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booze (countable and uncountable, plural boozes)

  1. (colloquial, uncountable) Any alcoholic beverage.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      The glutton castaway, the drunkard in the desert, the lecher in prison, they are the happy ones. To hunger, thirst, lust, every day afresh and every day in vain, after the old prog, the old booze, the old whores, that's the nearest we'll ever get to felicity, the new porch and the very latest garden.
    • 1995, Al Stewart, "Marion the Chatelaine" on Between the Wars:
      She got caught between the shadows and the booze
      And she surely did know how to have the blues
  2. (colloquial, countable, archaic) A session of drinking alcohol; a drinking party.

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booze (third-person singular simple present boozes, present participle boozing, simple past and past participle boozed)

  1. (slang) To drink alcohol.
    We were out all night boozing until we dragged ourselves home hung over.

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