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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 trunken, getrunken, betrunken, Swedish drucken, Icelandic drukkinn.


  • enPR: drŭngk, IPA(key): /dɹʌŋk/, /d͡ʒɹʌŋk/
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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.
    • 1885–1888, Richard F[rancis] Burton, transl. and editor, “Night 557”, in A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, now Entituled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [], Shammar edition, volume (please specify the volume), [London]: [] Burton Club [], →OCLC:
      So I took a great dry gourd and, cutting open the head, scooped out the inside and cleaned it; after which I gathered grapes from a vine which grew hard by and squeezed them into the gourd, till it was full of the juice. Then I stopped up the mouth and set in the sun, where I left it for some days, until it became strong wine; and every day I used to drink of it, to comfort and sustain me under my fatigues with that from froward and obstinate fiend; and as often as I drank myself drunk, I forgot my troubles and took new heart.
    • 2013 May 9, Dan Shive, El Goonish Shive (webcomic), Comic for Thursday, May 9, 2013:
      "What part of 'you got drunk' did our parents misunderstand?" "I only drank a few shots!"
  2. (derogatory) 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.
  4. Drenched or saturated with moisture or liquid.


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drunk (plural drunks)

  1. One who is intoxicated with alcohol.
  2. A habitual drinker, especially one who is frequently intoxicated.
    Synonyms: alcoholic, drunkard, pisshead, piss artist, sot; see also Thesaurus:drunkard
    • 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 June 8, “A Scarcity of Jurors—Cangemi's Third Trial”, in New York Times, page 4:
      Gen. G. had been on a long drunk from July last until Christmas.
  4. A drunken state.
    • 2006, Patrick McCabe, Winterwood, Bloomsbury, published 2007, page 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 of drink