This man is drunk.
- An example of someone who would be described as drunk is a person who has had ten beers.
- An example of someone who would be described as drunk with lust is someone who has been overcome with lust.
Origin of drunkMiddle English dronke from dronken, drunken
- overcome by alcoholic liquor to the point of losing control over one's faculties; intoxicated
- overcome by any powerful emotion: drunk with joy
- Informal drunken (sense )
- a drunken person
- a person who regularly drinks alcoholic liquor to excess; drunkard
- Slang a drinking spree
- a. Intoxicated with alcoholic liquor to the point of impairment of physical and mental faculties.b. Caused or influenced by intoxication.
- Overcome by strong feeling or emotion: drunk with power.
- A drunkard.
- A bout of drinking.
Usage Note: As an adjective, the form drunk is generally used after a verb such as be or seem, while the form drunken is used in front of a noun to modify it directly: They were drunk last night, but A drunken waiter at the restaurant ruined our evening. Using drunk in front of a noun is less formal, although the phrases drunk driver and drunk driving, which have become fixed expressions, are exceptions to this. Drunken also has a more general use, with the meaning “characterized by or related to alcohol or intoxication,” as in a drunken sauce (one that has something containing alcohol, such as beer or wine, as an ingredient) or a drunken affair (a celebration in which the participants become drunk). Drunk generally does not have this meaning, although the noun drunk comes close, being a disparaging term for someone characterized by frequent drunkenness or alcoholism. A differentiation between drunk and drunken is sometimes made in legal language, wherein a drunk driver is a driver whose alcohol level exceeds the legal limit, and a drunken driver is a driver who is inebriated.
(comparative drunker, superlative drunkest)