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  • IPA(key): /ˈdɹʌŋkən/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋkən

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English drunken, ydronken, idrunken, from Old English druncen, ġedruncen (drunk; drunken), from Proto-Germanic *drunkanaz (drunken), past participle of Proto-Germanic *drinkaną (to drink), equivalent to drink +‎ -en. Cognate with West Frisian dronken (drunk; drunken), Dutch dronken (drunk; drunken), German betrunken (drunk; drunken), Swedish drucken (drunk; drunken).



  1. (archaic) past participle of drink


drunken (comparative more drunken, superlative most drunken)

  1. Drunk, in the state of intoxication after having drunk an alcoholic beverage.
    • "What'll we do with the drunken sailor, ..."
  2. Given to habitual excessive use of alcohol.
  3. Characterized by or resulting from drunkenness.
    a drunken display of crude exuberance
  4. (obsolete) Saturated with liquid
    1. Applied to various spicy stir-fried dishes in Asian cuisine.
      drunken noodles; drunken duck; drunken fried rice
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English dronknen, drunkenen, drunknen, from Old English druncnian (to drown; get drunk), from Proto-Germanic *drunkanōną (to get drunk), from Proto-Germanic *drunkanaz (drunk; intoxicated). Cognate with Norwegian drukne, drukna, Icelandic drukna.


drunken (third-person singular simple present drunkens, present participle drunkening, simple past and past participle drunkened)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make or become drunk or drunken; intoxicate
    • 1917, Patience Worth, The Sorry Tale, page 153:
      Yea, upon a stoned couch and drunkened unto death upon the bittered draught of Rome!
    • 1985, Kay Dreyfus, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Farthest North of Humanness: Letters, page 31:
      The dreamy coloring of the land is just too drunkening.
    • 2011, William Peters, Good Morning my Beloved Family, page 31:
      Dogma drunkens the Spirit, and while we indulge in our stupor, it robs us of our innate Spiritually Divine and Creative acuity . . . Love alone provides us with the much needed restorative properties of redemption.

Low German[edit]


From drinken, cognate to English drunken, Dutch dronken.


drunken (comparative drunkener, superlative drunkenst)

  1. drunk, drunken