Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


About all he was good for was keeping a blurred eye on the lockup and running in drunks.

Hough whispered in Neale's ear: "Stanton throws the drunks out of here."

It was the drunks that gave us trouble, when we tried to march them in the ranks.

We have our sobers and our drunks, our Hardy and our Belloc, and Chesterton.

No drunks was to be allowed on the floor and none of them disgraceful dances.

We went down the narrow passage and over to the drunks' table.

I slept in that filthy cell with all the other drunks sounder than I should have slept at home.

In the pastures of Abyssinia the sheep and goats get on regular "drunks" by eating the beans of the coffee plants.

The local lock-up has a record of eighteen drunks run in in seven minutes.

The nearest voices sounded like drunks losing their minds on a street-corner.


past participle of drink, used as an adjective from mid-14c. in sense "intoxicated." In various expressions, e.g. "drunk as a lord" (1891); Chaucer has "dronke ... as a Mous" (c.1386); and, from 1709, "as Drunk as a Wheelbarrow." Medieval folklore distinguished four successive stages of drunkenness, based on the animals they made men resemble: sheep, lion, ape, sow. Drunk driver first recorded 1948. Drunk-tank "jail cell for drunkards" attested by 1912, American English. The noun meaning "drunken person" is from 1852; earlier this would have been a drunkard.