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drunk / drəngk/ • past participle of drink. • adj. affected by alcohol to the extent of losing control of one's faculties or behavior: he was so drunk he lurched from wall to wall | drunk on vodka. ∎  (drunk with) fig. overcome with (a strong emotion): the crowd was high on euphoria and drunk with patriotism. • n. a person who is drunk or who habitually drinks to excess. ∎ inf. a drinking bout; a period of drunkenness: he used to go on these blind drunks. PHRASES: drunk and disorderly creating a public disturbance under the influence of alcohol. (as) drunk as a lord (or skunk) extremely drunk.

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drunk inebriated XIV; as sb. XIX. Clipped form of DRUNKEN.
So drunkard XV. prob. — MLG. drunkert, f. drunken; cf. MDu. dronker, Du. dronkaard. drunken intoxicated, drunk. OE. druncen, pp. of DRINK = OS. drunkan, OHG. trunkan, ON. trukkinn, Goth. *drugkans, all of which have the same active meaning.

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