(third-person singular simple present bedrinks, present participle bedrinking, simple past bedrank, past participle bedrunk or bedrunken)
- (intransitive) To drink in; drink up; drink to the fullest
- (reflexive) to get drunk
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”).