- Drunk on just a small amount of alcohol. Taken from the company's famous "glass and a half" advertising for the amount of milk in their chocolate bars.
Caged - A "cager" is a drunkard. US, 1900s.
Called the wharf cat
Calling Earl/Ralph on the big white phone
- Drunk and vomiting.
Came home by the villages - Probably implies that one stopped at a few taverns in the "villages" on the way.
Candy - Irish, 1800s. Rarely heard outside of Ireland.
Canned - Tipsy. Possibly means turned to liquid, or from the use of "can" to mean a drinking vessel. Also, "a can on" is drunkenness. Originally US, spread to Great Britain and South Africa; 1900s.
Canned up - British army slang. Early 1900s, esp. the 1920s.
Canned (up) to the crow's nest - The "crow's nest" is the lookout atop the mast of an old sailing ship. Hence, very drunk.
Canon - Possibly from French "un canon," a glass of wine consumed at a wine shop; or from German "cannon," a drinking cup. Alternately, from "cannoned," as in "shot." British, late 1800s.
Canonized - See above.
Cannon - Variant of "Canon." British, late 1800s.
Can't bite one's thumb
Can't drive a nail
Can't drive a Tonka truck
- Derived form the fact that inebriation impairs one's ability to drive.
Can't find one's ass with both/two hands
Can't find the floor
Can't hit the ground with one's hat
Can't lie on the ground without holding on
Can't say National Intelligencer
- Euphemistic.
Can't see - Either from "blind," or a shortening of the following term.
Can't see a hole in a ladder - Heavily intoxicated. British & US, since the 1800s.
Can't see through a ladder
Can't sport a right light
Can't sport a right line
- Unable to walk straight. Oxford University slang, 1770 to 1800.
Can't take it - Implies that one gets drunk easily.
Can't walk a chalk - From the traditional test police officers use to determine if a DUI suspect is indeed intoxicated. The "chalk" is the straight line drawn for the suspect to follow.
Can't wipe one's ass with a bedsheet
- From Scottish slang for "muddleheaded." Also, a "caper" is a drinking spree, and "caper juice" is whisky. US, 1800s.
Capoonkle - Bahamian slang used esp. in Nassau.
Cap-sick - British, 1600s to 1800s. Cf. "Crop'sick."
Capped off
- Because a capsized ship is one that has tipped over.
Cargoed - Cf. "Loaded."
Carousing - Drinking deeply or freely. Believed to be from German for "all out" or "completely out." In German, "garaustrinken" means "drink it all," and thus "garaus" is the equivalent of "bottoms up" or "chug-a-lug." Another theory is that it comes from Danish "rouse," a large glass for making toasts, and "carouse" meant to refill the glass. First appeared in the late 1500s.
Carrying a full cargo
Carrying a heavy load
Carrying a load
- See "Loaded." Early 1900s.
Carrying a tight load
Carrying ballast
- Holding one's liquor well. Someone who has consumed a lot of liquor without getting too sloshed can "carry lots of ballast."
Carrying something heavy - Refers to difficulty in moving. US, early 1900s.
Carrying the dark dog on one's back - May refer to the "black dog," delirium tremens.
Carrying too much sail
Carrying two/three red lights
- Based on the signal for a ship that is out of control. British & US nautical, WWII.
- Very drunk. Anglo-Irish, early 1900s.
Casting up one's accounts - Drunk and vomiting.
Cat - Cf. "Whipcat." Early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
- Variation of "Capoonkle."
Catsood - Corruption of French "quatre sous" (four sous). Means drunk on four sous- worth of liquor (a sou is an archaic French coin). A "catsoos" is a drink of booze. British military, 1900s.
Caught a fox
- Very drunk. 1600s to 1800s.
Caught off one's hobbyhorse
Caught one
- To "catch one" is to get drunk on beer.
Caught the flavor - Since the late 1800s, now obsolete.
Caught the Irish flu
Caught up with one - As drunk as someone else who had a head start in drinking.
Celebrating - Drinking intoxicants to excess. Perhaps because liquor is often available on festive occasions, and consumed in great quantities to celebrate happy special events.
Certified drunk
Channels under
- Nautical.
Charged up
- High. May have come from drug slang.
Chasing the duck
Chasing the kettle
- US high society slang. Usu. means drunk on wine. A pun on "shattered" and "chateau" (French for "house," a word seen on many wine labels).
- From the drinking toast. South African, 1900s.
- Possibly a variant of "Cherry-merry."
Chemically enhanced - Apparently a parody on "politically correct" lingo.
Chemically imbalanced
Cherry-merry - Tipsy. From "Chirping merry." Since the 1700s.
Cherbimical - Early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Chice/Chise - See "Shice."
Chickery/Chickory - Early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
- Slightly drunk.
Chippy - Unwell due to overindulgence in drink. Late 1800s.
Chirping merry - Exhilarated with liquor. A "chirper" is a tankard.
Chloroformed - Cf. "Anesthetized."
Choc full - "Choc" is liquor. Pun on "chock full."
Chock-a-block - Possibly from "chock," alcohol; or from nautical slang for "crammed full."
- Full to the brim.
Chucked - Slightly intoxicated. Possibly from the spinning feeling - cf. "Dizzy," "Has the Aunty Ems." British, late 1800s.
Chugged - To "chugalug" is to drink, esp. to guzzle. "Chugalug" is sometimes said in response to a toast.
Cider drunk
- Fuddled by hard cider.
Clairmonted - Atlanta slang. Apparently after Clairmont Road, a major thoroughfare in Atlanta.
Clear - Very drunk. Since the late 1600s.
Clear out
Clips the King's English
- Unable to speak clearly due to intoxication. 1700s to 1800s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Clobbered - Because the general malaise makes one feel as if one has been beaten up. US, 1900s, esp. the 1950s.
- Euphoric, exhilarated. To "coast" is to experience the effects of a drug, including alcohol. Also, can mean drinking steadily in order to avoid the effects of withdrawal.
Cock-a-hoop - Derived from the archaic phrase "to set cock on hoop," meaning to Eat, Drink and Be Merry. It is believed that the "cock" is the spigot on a barrel of ale, and to "set cock on hoop" means to remove the spigot so the ale can flow freely and be consumed with abandon - until everybody is "cock-a-hoop."
Cock-a-whoop - In high spirits, elevated. Cf. the above.
Cockadoodled - Used in the History Channel's presentation Founding Fathers.
Cocked - Possibly came from the term for a pistol ready to fire. Widespread since the 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Cocked as a log
Cocked to the gills
- Originally designated one who had a squint or was cross-eyed, and may derive from the action of a cock tilting his head and rolling his eyes while strutting about. Since the early 1700s.
Cockeyed drunk
Cocking the elbow
- See "Bent one's elbow."
Cocking the little/wee finger - Suggests that one is a dipsomaniac but not quite a flat-out drunkard.
Cogey/Cogy - From "cogue," a dram of spirits. Early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Cognacked/Cognaced - Drunk on cognac. US, early 1900s.
Coguy/Coguey - From Scots word for "cup." Nautical slang has the term "cogueing the nose," meaning having a good strong drink. Early 1800s.
Cold - Unconscious, "out cold."
Colored - Possibly a reference to the red color of a drunk's face.
Colored one's/the meerschaum - Red-faced due to drinking. Mid 1800s.
- Formed around the word "booze." US, mid 1900s.
- Pleasantly intoxicated. "Comfort" or "a cup of comfort" is liquor. US, 1900s.
Commin' on
Coming from Liquorpond Street
- Early 1800s to early 1900s.
Commencin' to feel it
Commode hugging
Commode-hugging drunk
- Very drunk indeed; drunk and throwing up.
Completely gone
Completely out of it
Completely squashed
- British & US, since the late 1800s.
Concerned in/with drink - Since the late 1600s.
Concerned in/with liquor
- An intensive of "flummox." US, 1900s.
Confoundedly cut
Conked out
- Having fallen into a deep sleep quickly.
Consumed a rancid oyster
Contending with (the) Pharaoh
- "Pharaoh" is strong malt liquor, possibly a corruption of "faro," a kind of Belgian beer that was popular in the 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
- Tipsy. A "cooper" is a barrel of beer. Late 1800s to early 1900s.
Copped a buzz
- Cf. "Buzzed." US, 1900s.
Copped a crane
Copped a reeler
- To "cop a reeler" means to get drunk. British, 1920s to 1940s.
Copped an elephant - See "Elephant's trunk."
Copped the brewer
Copped the brewery
- To "cop the brewery" is to get drunk. British, since the mid 1800s.
Copped the elephant - Tipsy. Early 1900s.
Copper-nosed - From the color of the nose. A "copper-nose" is a drunkard.
Cork high and bottle deep - Heard mainly in Georgia
Corked - Very inebriated. US, since the late 1800s.
Corked up - US, since the late 1800s.
Corkscrewed - "Corkscrewing" refers to the staggering gait of a drunk.
Corkscrewed up
- Reeling drunk.
Corky - British, circa 1800.

Corned - As in corned beef (cf. "Soused"), or corn whisky. Also, to "corn" means to be drunk. US, since the late 1700s.
Cornered - Perhaps because one is in a drunken predicament, or from the corn in corn whisky.
- See "Corned."
Corny - From "corn," corn whisky.
Corny-faced - Red-faced from drinking. Late 1600s to early 1800s.
Couldn't find one's ass with two hands
Count Drunkula
Country drunk
- Drunk in a good-natured way. 1800s
Cracked - Possibly from this word's sense of "crazy." To "crack a bottle" is to drink booze. Since the early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
- Since the early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Cranberry-eyed - From the reddening of the eyes. "Cranberry eye" is a symptom of drunkenness.
Crank - A ship is said to be "crank" if it is liable to be overset. Cf. "Cronk." Nautical, 1700s.
Crapped out
- See "Cropsick."
Crapulent - Immoderate in drinking.
Crapulous - Immoderate in drinking. Since the 1500s
Crashed - To "crash" in drug slang means to lose consciousness. US, since the mid 1900s.
Crashed and burned
Crazy drunk
- "Crazy water" is liquor.
Creamed - From "cream" as in to thoroughly beat an opposing team in sport. US, since the mid 1900s.
Crispy - Valley Girl slang. Because one seems "burnt out." Can mean "hung over" as well.
Croaked - As in "dead drunk."
Crocked - A "crock" is a drunkard, from this word's sense of "bottle." US, 1900s.
- From German "krank," sick. US, since the mid 1800s.
Crooked - A "crook" is a drinking binge.
Crooking the/one's elbow
Crooking the/one's little finger
- Sick in the stomach from too much liquor. British, early 1600s.
Cross-eyed - US, 1900s. Cf. "Cockeyed."
Crosseyed drunk
- Intoxicated on more than one substance - one of which could be alcohol.
Cruising - High. Probably originated in drug slang.
Crump - Possibly a shortening of "crump-footed."
Crump-footed - From an old term meaning "club footed." Refers to the staggering gait of a souse. Early 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin
Crumped out
- Southeastern college slang. "Crazy" plus "Drunk"
Crushed - College slang.
Crying drunk - Not a stage of drunkenness, but the way some drinkers behave. A "crying jag" is a fit of uncontrollable weeping brought on by drunkenness. Since the 1800s.
Crying jag
Cued up
- Scottish
- A "cup of the creature" is a cup of good liquor, esp. Irish whisky. "Creature" may come from Latin "crater" for cup. Since the 1600s.
Cup too much
- Early form of "cup'shot." Early 1300s to 1500s.
- Cf. "Cut in the leg." Since the late 1600s.
Cut in the back
Cut in the craw
Cut in the leg
- As if one cannot move due to an injury. British, late 1600s.
Cut over the head - Elaboration of "Cut."
Cuts one's capers - Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Cuts one's leg - To "cut one's leg" means to get drunk. Jocular reference to staggering (cf. "Cut in the leg"). Since the 1600s.
Cutting one's wolf loose - Drinking and getting sloshed. Old West term.

D. - "D" is for "drunk."
D and D - Drunk and Disorderly. Police use, since the late 1600s.
Daffy - From British slang for "nuts" as in "crazy," ultimately from 1500s British dialect "daff," a fool or simpleton. Also, to "daffy" or "daffy it" is to drink gin.
Dagged - Literally, "dewy." To "dag" means to sprinkle in an old dialect. Since the 1600s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Damaged - Temporarily incapacitated. Mainly US, since the mid 1800s.
Damp - A "damp" is a drink. "Damper" means ale or stout following spirits and water. To "damp one's mug" means to drink.
Daquifried - A combination of "daquiri" and "fried."
Dead drunk
- Heavily intoxicated. Since the late 1500s.
Dead in the water - Not moving at all, immobile. Nautical, from term for a ship that can no longer move.
Dead to the wide - Deeply inebriated. "To the wide" means utterly.
Dead to the world - Sleeping very soundly, stuporous from drunkenness. US, since the late 1800s.
Deado/Dead-oh! - In the last stage of intoxication, dead drunk. Nautical.
Deads - Dead drunk, fast asleep. British naval slang, since circa 1920.
- US, mid 1900s.
Deceived in liquor
Deck(s) awash - From nautical term for when waves slop over the deck. Cf. "Half seas over." US, early 1900s.
Dee-dee - Variation of "D and D."
Deep cut - Heavily intoxicated. Cf. "Cut in the leg."
Deep drunk
- Suggests that one has lost one's way - "gone off track" - like a train that has jumped the tracks.
Detained on business
- Suggests a businessman out drinking when he claims that he's working late. Cf. "Staying late at the office."
Dew drunk - Possibly from "mountain dew," moonshine.
Did the job up right
- Possibly from "diddle," gin.
Diluted the blood in one's alcohol system
- Crazed, irrational and/or ecstatic due to inebriation. Cf. "Drunk as Dionysus."
Dipped - A "dip" or "dipso" (short for "dipsomaniac") is a drunkard.
Dipped in the wassail bowl
Dipped one's beak/bill
- Almost drunk. To "dip one's bill" means to imbibe, esp. to excess. From the action of a bird dipping its bill to drink.
Dipped rather deep
Dipped the schnozzle too deep
Dipped too deep
- Possibly derived from "dipsomania." Cf. "Dipped."
Dirtfaced - Possibly a euphemism for "Shit faced." Anglo-Irish, 1900s.
Discombobulated - Can mean "upset" or "weird" as well as "drunk."
- Odd, since alcohol usu. makes one bold. US, 1900s.
Discumfuddled - See "Fuddled." US, 1900s.
Disguised - In Shakespeare's plays, "disguise" means drunkenness. Since the 1500s.
Disguised in liquor
Disguised with drink
- See "D and D."
- Tipsy. From "dither," to shake or quiver. Australian, since circa 1925.
- Fairly drunk. Since circa 1791.
Dizzy as a coot - US, since the 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Dizzy as a dame
Dizzy as a goose
- US, since the 1700s. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Does not show it - Holds one's liquor well, shows no symptoms of intoxication. Yet.
Dog drunk
Doing the emperor
- Cf. "Drunk as an emperor."
Doing the lord - See "Drunk as a lord."
Done a Daniel Boone - To "do a Daniel Boone" means to get drunk.
Done a Falstaff - After the Shakespearean character, who is fond of drink.
Done a vanishing act
Done an Archie
Done an edge
Done got out
Done in
- Can mean "very tired," "killed" or "ruined" as well as "drunk."
Done over - Since the 1800s.
Done the drunk act
Done to the wide
- See "Dead to the wide."
Done up - Variation of "Done in." Also, to "do up" is drug slang for to take narcotics.
- Properly, "dope" is a thick liquid, from Dutch "doop." The sense of dope meaning "drugs" comes from the fact that opium is a thick liquid at one stage of preparation. "Dope" for a stupid person comes from the behavior of those high on opium.
Doped over
Doped up
- Originally a drug term meaning stuporous from narcotics. Can mean "confused" or "stupid" as well. Since the late 1800s.
Dornke - Very old (1300s to 1500s) form of "Drunk."
Dornke is as a mous - Drunk as a mouse.
- Dizzy, feeble or idiotic due to intoxication. This word can mean "mad," "unsteady" or "feebleminded" as well, and may come from "dotard."
Doubled up
Down among the dead men
- One the floor amidst the empty bottles. An empty bottle of liquor is called a "dead man," "dead marine" or "dead soldier" because the "spirit" has gone out of it. Cf. "In the down-pins."
Down and out
Down for the count
- Unconscious, like a boxer who has been knocked out.
Down in drink
Down the hatch
- From the toast response "down the hatch." A hatch is an opening into the hold of a ship.
Down the creek
Down the tubes
- See "Tubed."
Down with barrel fever - "Barrel fever" is drunkenness or delirium tremens. Cf. "Barrelhouse drunk."
Down with the blue devils.
Down with the fish
- Dead drunk, blotto.
Dragged - Northeastern college slang. A "dragger" is somebody who gets drunk frequently and has to be dragged back to one's room.
Dragging one's bottom
Dragging the load
- Probably from "dram," a glass of spirits.
Drank more than one bled
Drank oneself dead
Drank the three outs
- Having imbibed copiously - drank until one was OUT of one's head, one's money was OUT of one's pocket, and the ale was OUT of the pot. Alternately, means that one has drunk by the dozen, the yard (as in a yard of ale), and the bushel. 1600s.
Drank till one gave up one's halfpenny - Drunk to the point of vomiting. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Drank till one's teeth caught cold - To "drink until one's teeth catch cold" means to drink too much booze.
Draped - Somewhat inebriated, tipsy. Possibly means draped in black for mourning. Also, an "ale-draper" is an alehouse keeper. Or, may be a shortening of the following term. British military since circa 1939.
Draped about a lamp post - Probably from the traditional image of a souse leaning against a lamp post.
Drawn a blank - Very drunk. From the loss of awareness. This term's original meaning is to make an unsuccessful entry in a lottery.
Drenching the gizzard
Drink taken
- Tipsy
Drinking like a beast
Drinking like a camel
- Cf. "Playing camel."
Drinking like a fire engine
Drinking like a fish
- Drinking excessively. Because many fish swim with their mouths open and thus appear to be drinking constantly. Used to describe someone who has an extraordinary capacity to consume liquor. Since at least 1640.
Drinking like a lord - See "Drunk as a lord."
Drinking out of a nigger's clog - Imbibing intemperately. Liverpool slang since circa 1945.
Drinks gone on one
Drinks gone woozy on one
- British, since the 1800s.
Dripping tight - Completely drunk. British, early 1900s.
Driving home 'cause one can't fucking walk
Driving the brewer's horse - A "brewer's horse" is a sot.
Driving the porcelain/big white bus - Throwing up due to inebriation.
Driving turkeys to market - Reeling and staggering due to drunkenness.
Dronk - Afrikaans.
Dronke - 1400s variation of "Drunk."
Dronken han wyn ape - See "Drunk as an ape."
Drop on
- Cf. "Has a drop in the eye," "A drop on."
Drowned the shamrock
- Perhaps because the Irish have a reputation for being heavy drinkers.
Drowning brain cells
Drowning frustration in rum
Drowning one's reason in the bottle
Drowning one's sorrow(s)
Drowning one's sorrows in the wreathed cup
Drowning one's sorrows in the flowing bowl
Drowning one's troubles
- Seeking solace in booze, and getting more than tipsy.
Drowning one's wits
Drowning oneself in the bottle

Drowning the shamrock - Drinking esp. on St. Patrick's Day. Cf. "Drowned the shamrock."
Drucking funk
Drugged with wine
- Can mean "sluggish," "muddy" or "thick" as well as "drunk." Souses are bound to be sluggish and "muddy" in the head.
Druneena - Very old form of "drunk" dating back to circa 1050.
Drunk - Certainly the most widely-used term for "intoxicated." The oldest form of this word recorded is "Dryne," which appeared around 800 (in early Middle English, "u" was the equivalent of "y" in Old English). Took its present form by the late 1500s.
Drunk and disorderly - Intoxicated and uncooperative. Cf. "D and D."
Drunk and down
Drunk and incapable
- See "Incapable."
Drunk and Irish - Fighting drunk. Because the Irish have a reputation for being belligerent when inebriated. Military, 1860 to 1920.
Drunk as a badger
Drunk as a barrel full of monkeys
- Appears in Elton John's song "Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting."
Drunk as a Bassiard - In an intoxicated frenzy. The Bassiards were devotees of Dionysus who honored their deity with wine orgies and danced about in their drunken excitement.
Drunk as a bastard
Drunk as a bat
Drunk as a beast
- 1800s.
Drunk as a beggar - 1600s.
Drunk as a besom - Very drunk. A besom is a broom used in the sport of curling, moving a stone or other object across ice. From the motion of a besom, or from the fact that it can't stand up by itself.
Drunk as a big owl
Drunk as a billy goat
Drunk as a boiled/biled owl
- A "boiled owl" or "biled owl" is a drunkard. Possibly from "Tough as a boiled owl." British & US, since the late 1800s.
Drunk as a bowdow - Regional variation of the above.
Drunk as a brewer's fart - Drunk and reeling. British, 1800s.
Drunk as a broken cart wheel
Drunk as a broom
- Cf. "Drunk as a besom." British, 1800s.
Drunk as a cock
Drunk as a coon
Drunk as a coot
- Very drunk. Patterned on "crazy as a coot." US, early 1900s.
Drunk as a cooter
Drunk as a cootie
Drunk as a cunt
- Very drunk. Patterned on "black as a cunt." Underworld slang, since the late 1800s.
Drunk as a devil
Drunk as a dog
Drunk as a drowned mouse
- Very intoxicated. Cf. the following.
Drunk as a drowned rat - Worse than drunk as a drowned mouse. Cf. "Drunk as a rat."
Drunk as a drum - Variation of "Drunk as [the drum on] a wheelbarrow." Also, cf. "Tight as a drum."
Drunk as a Dutchman - Dates from the days when England and the Netherlands were great rivals. Cf. "Full of Dutch courage."
Drunk as a fart
Drunk as a fiddle
Drunk as a fiddler
- Because fiddlers of old were often paid with ale instead of money. Since the early 1600s.
Drunk as a fiddler's bitch - In this case, "fiddler" may mean "trifler" instead of a musician. Still head in the armed forces.
Drunk as a fiddler's clerk - Cowboy slang.
Drunk as a fiddler's whore
Drunk as a fish
- Cf. "Drinking like a fish." Since the early 1700s.
Drunk as a fly - British, 1800s.
Drunk as a fool
Drunk as a fowl
- Variation of "Drunk as an owl." Australian, since circa 1925.
Drunk as a Gosport fiddler
Drunk as a handcart
Drunk as a hillbilly in a rooster fight
- Cowboy slang.
Drunk as a hog - 1600s.
Drunk as a hoot owl
Drunk as a kettlefish
Drunk as a king
Drunk as a kite
- Possibly patterned on "high as a kite."
Drunk as a lion - Cf. "Lion drunk." 1600s.
Drunk as a little red wagon
Drunk as a log
Drunk as a loon
- 1800s.
Drunk as a lord - Especially in the 1700s and 1800s, men prided themselves in the amount of liquor they could consume at one sitting; overindulgence was considered a sign of gentility (perhaps because one could afford so much drink). Cf. "Under the table." Since the 1600s.
Drunk as a Mexican opal
Drunk as a monkey
- Army slang.
Drunk as a mouse - Appears in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale" as "dornke is as a mous." From "Drunk as a drowned mouse." 1300s to 1500s.
Drunk as a newt - Saturated as the amphibious newt. Less common than "Tight as a newt." British military, 1900s.
Drunk as a nurse at christening
Drunk as a parrot
- A friend of mine has an African gray parrot. One year she had a New Year's party at her house, and her parrot dipped his beak in everybody's champagne and got quite blitzed. Ever since then, when one of her friends overindulges, she says "You're drunk as a parrot!"
Drunk as a Perraner
Drunk as a pig
- Cf. "Drunk as David's sow."
Drunk as a piper - Very drunk. Cf. "Drunk as a fiddler." British, late 1700s.
Drunk as a piper-fou
Drunk as a pissant/piss-ant
- Nicety for "Drunk as piss." Australian, early 1900s.
Drunk as a Plymouth fiddler
Drunk as a poet
Drunk as a Polony
- "Polony" is a corruption of "Pole." The Polish were once thought to be heavy drinkers. British.
Drunk as a Pope - Refers to Pope Benedict XII, who imbibed copiously. 1300s.
Drunk as a porter - 1600s.
Drunk as a rat - Hopelessly drunk. A "rat" is a drunken person who has been picked up by the authorities. Since the 1500s.
Drunk as a rolling fart - Heavily intoxicated. British, since circa 1860.
Drunk as a sailor
Drunk as a skunk
- Very drunk. Rhyming plus the concept of "Stinking drunk." US, 1900s.
Drunk as a skunk in a trunk - Nonsense rhyme.
Drunk as a soot
Drunk as a sow
- Immobile as a sow. Based on "Drunk as David's sow." British, 1800s.
Drunk as a swine - 1400s.
Drunk as a tapster - The tapster is the person who pulls that taps that allow spirits to flow.
Drunk as a tick - From "Full as a tick." US, 1900s.
Drunk as a tinker - To "swill like a tinker" means to imbibe excessively and without stopping.
Drunk as a top - Wobbling like a top that is running down.
Drunk as a wheelbarrow - Since the 1600s.
Drunk as a whistle
Drunk as Abel Boyle
Drunk as all-get-out
Drunk as an aardvark
Drunk as an ape
- Appears in Chaucer's "The Manciple's Tale." Early 1300s.
Drunk as an ass
Drunk as an autumn wasp
Drunk as an earl
Drunk as an emperor
- Ten times as drunk as a lord. Also, an "emperor" is a drunken man. (Would an "empress" then be a drunken woman?)
Drunk as an owl - Very drunk. Cf. "Drunk as a boiled owl." Widespread since the 1800s.
Drunk as Bacchus - Extremely drunk. Bacchus is the Roman god of wine and viniculture. British, 1800s.
Drunk as Ballylana/Ballylannan - Anglo-Irish colloquialism. Possibly from "Drunk as blaizers."
Drunk as blaizers - From the Feast of St. Blaize. Celebrants were called "blaizers," and clearly this feast was a time of crapulence.
Drunk as blazes - Extremely drunk. Either a variant of the above term, or from the intensive "as blazes."
Drunk as buggery - Extremely intoxicated. British, 1800s.
Drunk as Chloe/Cloe - From the cobbler's wife of Linden Grove, who was notorious for her drinking habits. Her claim to fame is via the poet Prior, who was attached to her. Widespread 1845 to 1890.
Drunk as (a) Cooter Brown - The origin of this chiefly southern term is debated. Cooter Brown might be "some proverbial drunkard," according to a quote in the Dictionary of Regional English. The Farmerís Almanac describes him as someone who lived on the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War. To avoid getting drafted by either the North or the South, he got drunk and stayed that way. A Way with Words, on the other hand, says cooter means box turtle and refers to "a turtle swimming around in its own drink." Another variation is "drunk as a cootie."
Drunk as dancing pigs
Drunk as David's/Davy's sow - David Lloyd, an alehouse keeper in Wales, had a sow that had six legs, which was the object of much curiosity. One day Mrs. Lloyd, who was given to drink, lay down in the sty in order to sleep herself sober. Meanwhile, David ushered in some visitors to see his remarkable animal - and didn't look into the stall to make sure that the critter was there. One visitor, when asked if he had ever seen the like, replied that it was the drunkennest sow he ever beheld. From then on, Mrs. Lloyd was known as "David's sow." British, 1600s to 1800s.
Drunk as Dionysus - Dionysus is the Greek equivalent of Bacchus. He is also the god of fertility and the powers of nature. From his name we get "Dionysian" for "frenzied."
Drunk as Elpenor - Elpenor was a friend of Ulysses who got sloshed while at Circe's dwelling and fell asleep on the roof. In his slumber he rolled off the roof and broke his neck. Hence, said person is due for a fall.
Drunk as Eurytion - Uncontrollably drunk. Eurytion is the centaur who tried to carry off Hippodamia. See "Drunken as a guest at Hippodamia's wedding."
Drunk as Floey - From "Drunk as Chloe."
Drunk as forty billygoats
Drunk as hell
Drunk as hoot
Drunk as mice
Drunk as muck
- Late 1800s.
Drunk as one can hang/stick together
Drunk as owls
Drunk as piss
Drunk as polony
- From "Drunk as a polony."
Drunk as puffed-up pigeons
Drunk as rolling farts
Drunk as soft mick
- Very drunk. "Soft mick" is British army intensive.
Drunk as soot - Late 1800s.
Drunk as the Baltic - Noted by G. L. Apperson, a collector of phrases and proverbs. 1800s.
Drunk as the devil - Since the 1300s.
Drunk as the drum of a wheelbarrow - Very inebriated.
Drunk as Zeus
Drunk back
- Patterned on "Laid back."
Drunk for sure
Drunk in one's dumpes
Drunk like wedding guests
Drunk more than one has bled
- Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Drunk oneself dead
Drunk to the pulp
- Drunk to the point of passing out.
Drunk to the utmost - Since the late 1800s.
Drunk up
Drunk with a continuando
- Drunk for days on end.
Drunken as a guest at Hippodamia's wedding
- In Greek mythology, at the wedding feast of Hippodamia and Pirithous, king of the Lapiths, the centaurs got intoxicated and attempted to abduct the bride. The result was the legendary battle between the centaurs and Lapiths.
Drunker than a boiled owl
Drunker than a cannon
Drunker than a hoot owl
Drunker than a monkey
Drunker than a skunk
Drunker than five thousand Indians
Drunker than hell
Drunker than Scootum Brown
Drunker than 300 dollars
Drunker than whisky
Drunkity drunk
- Abbreviation of "Drunk and disorderly."
Drunky/Drunkey - Often used with one's name, as in "Drunky Sue." British, mid 1800s.
Drunky drunk
Drunok - Tipsy. Corruption of "Drunk." British, since the 1930s.
Druuncen - Predecessor of "Drunk," dating back to around 950.
Dry - An odd synonym for "intoxicated," since "dry" usually means without liquor, as in a dry county, or abstaining from liquor.
D.T.'s - Abbreviation for "delirium tremens." Since the early 1800s. Other terms for this condition include: barrel fever, bats, black dog, blue devils, blue horrors, bottleache, gallon distemper, heebie jeebies, horries, horrors, jerks, jim-jams, jimmies, jitters, jumps, ork-orks, rams, rats, rum fit, screaming Abdams, screaming meanies, seeing snakes, seeing pink elephants, shakes, shim'shams, snake in the boots, snakes, triangles, uglies, whammy, whoops and jingles, willies, and zings.
DUI - Driving Under the Influence.
Dull in the eye
- Tipsy. British, since the 1600s.
DWIed - Driving While Intoxicated.
Dyeing scarlet - Drinking deep or hard. Appears in Shakespeare's works. Late 1500s to early 1600s.

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