Exploring Synonyms for "DRUNK"

Version I 6/9/2000

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The other day we were discussing some of the words we have used to describe the state of mind or condition in which we put ourselves through use of alcohol. Our Random House Dictionary seems to have known, also, what some of these words might mean:

One of our motives in this exercise was to reflect upon the undesirability of being in the states described. While we were drinking, it felt quite natural to say, "Well, I think I'll get blotto tonight." But, blotto means drunk. Drunk means inebriated. Inebriated means confused or stupefied. Somehow, it doesn't seem quite so complimentary to say, "Well, I think I'll get myself confused tonight, maybe even stupefied." Many of these synonyms are slang—few are complimentary. They usually do not describe positive attributes of character nor desirable states of mind. What a difference the viewpoint of sobriety now makes. The treasures of yesterday are the terrors of today.

Currently, the synonyms for drunk (in bold-face) we have uncovered, and the dictionary definitions, where found, are listed below. Perhaps you wish to add to the list?

befuddled  1. to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments.
  2. to make muddled or stupidly drunk.
bent  1. curved; crooked: a bent back.
  2. determined; set; resolved: bent on succeeding.
  3. Chiefly Brit. a. corrupt.
besotted  1. to stupefy with drink.
  2. to make stupid or foolish, esp. with infatuation.
blacked-out 1. a. To lose consciousness or memory temporarily: blacked out at the podium.
blasted  1. blighted; ruined.
  2. damned; confounded.
  3. Slang. drunk.
blind  3. not characterized or determined by reason or control: 
blind chance. 4. not based on reason or intelligence; absolute and unquestioning: blind faith.
  5. lacking all consciousness or awareness: a blind stupor.
  6. drunk.
blitzed  6. to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with a blitz.
blotto  Slang 1. very drunk.
boiled-as-an-owl  Slang 1. drunk.
bombed  Slang 1. completely intoxicated or drugged; stoned.
buttered  (?)
canned  4. Slang. drunk.
clobbered  1. to batter severely; strike heavily.
  2. to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
  3. to denounce or criticize vigorously.
cockeyed  2. Slang.
  a. .off center; tilted or slanted to one side
  b. foolish; absurd.
  c. intoxicated; drunk.
crapulous drunk
crocked  Slang 1. drunk.
cut  50. Slang. drunk.
destroyed  1. to reduce (a thing) to useless fragments or a useless form, as by smashing or burning; injure beyond repair; demolish 
  2. to put an end to; extinguish.
  3. to kill; slay.
  4. to render ineffective or useless; neutralize; invalidate.
  5. to defeat completely.
dipso  Slang 1. a dipsomaniac; habitual drunk.
drunk  1. being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink; intoxicated.
  2. overcome or dominated by a strong feeling or emotion: drunk with passion.
  3. pertaining to or caused by intoxication or intoxicated persons.
drunk-as-a-lord (?)
euphoric  1. a strong feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being, feeling-no-pain, flying
  11. without being fastened to a yard, stay, or the like: a sail set flying.
fried  2. Slang.a. drunk; inebriated. b. intoxicated from drugs; high.
giddy  1. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
  2. attended with or causing dizziness: a giddy climb.
  3. frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty.
groggy  1. staggering, as from exhaustion or blows.
  2. dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep.
  3. Archaic. drunk; intoxicated.
hammered  2. To beat into a shape with or as if with a hammer: hammered out the dents in the fender; hammered out a contract acceptable to both sides. 
  3. To put together, fasten, or seal, particularly with nails, by hammering. 
  4. To force upon by constant repetition: hammered the information into the students' heads. 
  v. intr. 1. To deal repeated blows with or as if with a hammer; pummel: " Wind hammered at us violently in gusts " Thor Heyerdahl 
  2. To undergo beating in the manner of a hammer: My pulse hammered.(?)
high  14. intoxicated or euphoric under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
hung-one-on  44. Slang. a. to become extremely drunk.
inebriated  1. to make drunk; intoxicate.
  2. to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
in-one's-cups  19. <in one's cups intoxicated; drunk.
intoxicated  1. to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, esp. to excite or stupefy with liquor.
  2. to make enthusiastic; elate strongly; exhilarate.
  3. Pathol. to poison.
juiced  Slang 1. intoxicated; drunk.
legless Australian slang for intoxicated, drunk. (Thank you, Marcus)
liquored-up 5. Informal. to furnish or ply with liquor to drink
  6. Informal. to drink large quantities of liquor
loaded  3. (of a word, statement, or argument) charged with emotions or associations that prevent rational or unprejudiced communication.
  4. Slang.a. having a great deal of money; rich b. under the influence of alcohol or drugs; intoxicated.
looped  2. Slang.a. drunk; inebriated. b. eccentric; loopy.
mellow  5. pleasantly intoxicated.
obliterated  1. to remove or destroy all traces of.
  2. to blot out or render indecipherable; efface.
obliviated  1. the state of being completely forgotten.
  2. the state of forgetting or of being oblivious: the oblivion of sleep. out-of-it, passed-out, <pass out to faint.
pickled  2. Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
pie-eyed  Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
pissed  Slang (vulgar); 1.angry or annoyed; 2.drunk; intoxicated.
plastered  Slang. 1. drunk
plowed  14. < plow under.
  a. to bury under soil by plowing.
  b. to force out of existence; overwhelm. Also, esp. ;Brit. <plough.
plotzed  Slang 1. drunk; intoxicated. 2. exhausted; worn-out.
polluted  1. made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted.
  2. Slang. drunk.
pot-valiant  1. brave only as a result of being drunk.
ripped  Slang 1. drunk; intoxicated.2. under the influence of an illicit drug.
roaring  7. very: roaring drunk.
sauced  Slang 1. intoxicated; drunk.
shickered  1. Chiefly Australian Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
  [1910-15; < Yiddish shiker (< Heb shikkor drunk, a drunkard) + - ED 2]
shit-faced  Obscene 1. Intoxicated; drunk.
slopped-up  2. to spill liquid upon.
  3. to feed slop to (pigs or other livestock).
  6. to walk or go through mud, slush, or water.
  7. to be unduly effusive; gush (usu. fol. by over).
sloshed  1. Slang. drunk.
smashed  1. Slang. drunk.
snockered  (?)
sodden  3. bloated, as the face.
  4. torpid or listless.
soused  Slang 1 drunk; intoxicated.
sozzled  Slang 1. drunk; inebriated.
spaced  spaced'-out' adj. Slang
  1. dazed or stupefied by narcotic drugs.
  2. dreamily or eerily out of touch with reality; disoriented, forgetful, or dazed.
stewed  1. Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
stiff  18. Slang. a. a dead body; corpse.b. a formal or priggish person.c. a poor tipper; tightwad.d. a drunk.
stinking  1. foul-smelling.
  2. Slang. very drunk; plastered.
  3. contemptible; disgusting.
stinko  Slang.1. drunk.2. wretched.
stoned  1. drunk.
  2. intoxicated or dazed from drugs; high.
tanked  Slang 1. Often, <tanked' up'. drunk.
tied-one-on  28. < tie one on Slang. to get drunk.
three-sheets-to-the-wind or three sheets in the wind Informal 1. Intoxicated; drunk. [Middle English shete from Old English sc&para;at(line) sheet (line) from sc&para;ata corner of a sail; 
tight  11. Slang. drunk; tipsy.
tipsy  1. slightly intoxicated.
  2. caused by intoxication: a tipsy lurch.
  3. unsteady; tippy.
toasted  2. a person, event, etc., honored with raised glasses before dinking.
  3. an act or instance of thus drinking: to drink a toast to the queen.
tweaked  1. to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone's ear.
  2. to pull or pinch the nose of, esp. gently.
twisted  10. to cause to become mentally or emotionally distorted;
under-the-influence 1. Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
under-the-table 2. Into a completely intoxicated state: drank themselves under the table.
under-the-weather  13. <under the weather.
  a. not feeling well; somewhat ill.
  b. drunk.
wasted  1. useless; unavailing: wasted efforts.
  2. physically debilitated; enfeebled: the wasted bodies of the hostages.
  3. Slang. overcome by the influence of alcohol or drugs.
wiped-out  Slang. 1. completely exhausted.2. intoxicated; high.
woozy  1. stupidly confused; muddled.
  2. physically unsettled, as with dizziness, faintness, or slight nausea.
  3. drunken.
wrecked 4. a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally.
zoned  15. <zone out Slang. to become inattentive or dazed.
zonked  1. stupefied from or as if from alcohol or drugs; high.
  2. exhausted or asleep.
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