Informal to drink too much alcoholic liquor
Origin of boozeearlier bouse, bowse ; from Middle Dutch busen; akin to Middle High German bus, a bloating fullness; ultimately ; from Indo-European an unverified form bh?u-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bheu-, to grow, swell: see be
- an alcoholic drink; liquor
- a drinking spree
- a. Hard liquor.b. An alcoholic beverage.
- A drinking spree.
intransitive verbboozed, booz·ing, booz·es
To drink alcoholic beverages excessively or chronically.
Origin of boozeAlteration of obsolete bouse, from Middle English bousen, to drink to excess, from Middle Dutch b&umacron;sen.
(third-person singular simple present boozes, present participle boozing, simple past and past participle boozed)
- (slang) To drink alcohol.
- We were out all night boozing until we dragged ourselves home hungover.
Alteration of bowse.