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)
- In a state of intoxication caused by the consumption of excessive alcohol, usually by drinking alcoholic beverages.
- (usually followed by with or on) Elated or emboldened.
- Drunk with power he immediately ordered a management reshuffle.
- Drenched or saturated with moisture or liquid.
- A habitual drinker, especially one who is frequently intoxicated.
- A drinking-bout; a period of drunkenness.
- A drunken state.
- past participle of drink
- (Southern US) simple past tense of drink