365 words for drunk

I mentioned in my word tasting note for crapulous that I could do blog entries on words and phrases for “drunk” for a whole year. I don’t intend to do that, but I have decided to rise to the challenge and accumulate 365 words (and phrases) for “drunk”. I’m up to 263 351 362 so far (with the aid of several from other languages), and would like the assistance of my readers and their bibulous compatriots in making up the gap. Have a look at the list so far, and use the comments to add any I’ve missed.

And now you can have words for drunk on your shirt or mug! Buy the “drunk words” merchandise at Café Press – your handy reference for 302 ways of saying “drunk” in English!

Sources I’ve used so far include Roget’s International Thesaurus, Dirty Chinese, Dirty German, Dirty Italian, Making Out in Chinese, several multilingual dictionaries on my reference shelf, thesaurus.com, thesaurus.yourdictionary.com, a good list at sober.org, and Urban Dictionary, and I am especially indebted to the BBC’s “141 words for ‘drunk’.”

So here’s what I have so far:

addled
andato in gatta (Italian)
angeschickert (German)
ankled
ar deargmheisce (Irish)
ar meisce (Irish)
badgered
banjaxed
bashed
battered
bêbedo (Portuguese)
bebido (Spanish)
beery
befuddled
befuggered
bent
berusad (Swedish)
beschwipst (German)
besoffen (German)
besotted
betrunken (German)
bevuto (Italian)
bevvied up
bibacious
bibulous
bist ja voll kursiv unterwegs (German)
blacked out
bladdered
blasted
blathered
bleezin
blitzed
blootered
blotto
boiled as an owl
bombed
boogaloo
boozed up
boozy
borracho (Spanish)
bosko absoluto
bosky
Brahms and Liszt
breit wie ein Biberschwanz (German)
brillo (Italian)
buckled
buttered
buttoned
buzzed
cabbaged
canned
caoch olta (Irish)
chadha hua (Hindi)
Chevy Chased
chupado (Argentinian Spanish)
ciuccio (Italian)
clobbered
cockeyed
corned
crapulous
crocked
crunk
crunkered
dead to the world
decimated
destroyed
dhut (Hindi)
dipso
disorderly
drauf (German)
drucken (Swedish)
drukken (Danish, Norwegian)
drunk
ebrio (Spanish)
elevated
embriagado (Portuguese)
etched
euphoric
fecked
feeling no pain
fleein’
fleemered
floothered
flushed
four to the floor
fried
fuddled
fuld (Danish)
full (Norwegian)
full as a goog
full of loud mouth soup
fuori duro (Italian)
ganted
gassed
gatted
giddy
glorious
goosed
got yer wobbly boots on
got your beer goggles on
groggy
guanzui (Mandarin)
gubbed
guttered
had a bit too much
had one too many
half cut
half in the bag
half-crocked
half-seas over
hammer-blowed
hammered
hanging
have had too much to drink
have tied one on
having a close look at the footpath
having a jag on
having the whirlygigs
heduo (Mandarin)
high
higher than a kite
hooched up
hosed
housed
howling
hunting bear with a swtich
in a stupor
in quite a state
in your cups
inabstinent
inebriated
inebrious
intemperate
intoxicated
inzuppato (Italian)
jiuzuide (Mandarin)
jober as a sudge
jolly
juiced
kippered
lagged up
lamped
langered
larrupt
lashed
leathered
legless
liquidly exuberant
liquored up
liquorish
lit
lit like a Christmas tree
lit up
loaded
locked
loo la
looped
lubricated
luchy
lush
maani täis (Estonian)
mabuk (Malay)
mad wey it
mamado (Argentinian Spanish)
mangled
manky
mashed
maudlin
meddw (Welsh)
meff’d
mellow
Merle Haggard
merry
minced
ming mong
minging
misgeach (Scots Gaelic)
moired
moist and garrulous
mollo
monged
monkey-full
mottled
Moulin Rouged
muckibus
muddled
mullered
muntit
muzzy
narcotized
Newcastled
nicely irrigated with horizontal lubricant
nimmst Bodenprobe (German)
obfuscated
obliterated
obliviated
oblonctorated
off the wagon
off yer face
off yer pickle
off yer trolley
off your woo
olta (Irish)
on a bender
on a campaign
on a spree
on the turps
ona (Hawai’ian)
one over the eight
opilý (Czech)
out cold
out of control
out of it
out yer tree
over the limit
overcome
overdosed on laughing syrup
paggered
palintoshed
paralytic
paralyzed
peelywally
peevied
phalanxed
pickled
pie-eyed
pished
pissed
piss-eyed
pixilated
piye huye (Hindi)
plastered
plotzed
plowed
poleaxed
pollatic
polluted
potted
potulent
pot-valiant
predicting earthquakes
primed
purujommis (Estonian)
rat-arsed
rat-legged
ratted
ravaged
razzled
red in the nose
reek-ho
rendered
ripped
rip-roaring
roaring
rubbered
ruined
sauced
sballato (Italian)
sbronzo (Italian)
scattered
schizzato (Italian)
schlitzed
schnockered
schnooked
schwindelig (German)
screwed
scuppered
scuttered
seeing double
sewed up
shickered
shikor (Hebrew)
shitfaced
shithoused
skew-whiff
slagged
slaughtered
slizzard
slopped up
sloppy
sloshed
slozzled
smashed
snatered
snobbled
snockered
sodden
somewhat the worse for wear
sottish
soused
sozzled
spaced
spangled
spannered
spiffed
spifflicated
splashed
splattered
spongelled
squiffy
squished
steaming
steampigged
stewed
stiff
stinking
stinko
stoned
stonkin
stotious
sugach (Irish)
swacked
täis kui tina (Estonian)
tanked
tashered
temulent
three sheets to the wind
tiddley
tight
tipsy
tired and emotional
toasted
total lattenstramm (German)
totalled
trashato (Italian)
trashed
troattered
trollied
troubled
trousered
tunnnn (Hindi)
tweaked
twisted
twizzled
ubriaco (Italian)
under the influence
under the table
under the weather
unsober
unsteady
vulcanized
warped
wasted
wedi meddwi (Welsh)
well lubricated
wellied
whaled
Williamed
winehoused
wiped out
wired
with the fairies
woofled
woozy
wrecked
yopparatta (Japanese)
yotta (Japanese)
zombied
zoned
zonked
zuigui (Mandarin)
zuihan (Mandarin)

and…?

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77 responses to “365 words for drunk

  1. Paul Dickson is way ahead of you. He compiled nearly 3,000 terms for “drunk” in Drunk: The Definitive Drinker’s Dictionary.

  2. My favourite term is ‘bosko absoluto’. A milder state is merely ‘bosky’.

    For a vast list, much of it archaic and obscure, see

    http://freaky_freya.tripod.com/Drunktionary/drunkcentral.html

    • The Drunktionary has me solidly beat. If I were to borrow their list it would put me well over my target, but would also make my list in the main a copy of theirs… So I’ll take the challenge of making it to 365 without their help, since I’m not compiling an authoritative reference work.

  3. Just a splash? I’ve been ‘splashed’. Excessive splashing can result in one becoming ‘paralyzed’.

  4. “Squished” is a synonym for being drunk that I’ve heard many times and experienced myself once or twice … !

  5. Before reading your list, I made up my own first, and then after cross-checking it with yours, I have these to offer:

    Buzzed, feeling a buzz, feeling buzzed
    Falling off the wagon, off the wagon
    On a bender

  6. I would give you some synonyms from Hindi. As English would anyway going forward include these terms, it’s only reasonable that I suggest you some of these terms. :P
    1. Tunnn…
    2. Dhut
    3. Chadha Hua
    4. Piye huye

  7. Rat-arsed. Half cut. Bevvied up. Overdosed on laughing syrup.

    Also, ‘paraletic’ would be ‘paralytic’, from paralysed; ‘stocious’ would be ‘stotious’, from ‘stottin’ drunk’.

  8. I believe “slagged” is another one. Urban Dictionary corroborates. http://slagged.urbanup.com/2920380

  9. woofled
    lubricated
    vulcanized
    spifflicated

  10. James, is it appropriate to call this article and comments together a project in Crowdsourcing? [ If you include Facebook invite as well!]

  11. Another couple have come to me: splattered and liquorish.

    I’ll update the list today or tomorrow. Must be getting close…

  12. A very common current British one is ‘off your/his/her face’.

  13. Some Spanish words: ebrio (formal), bebido (prissy), borracho (standard), estar borracho/a como una cuba (dated or humourous), chupar como una esponja. And some Argentinian slang (warning: contains strong language): chupado/a, darle al chupi, chuparse la vida, estar en pedo, tener un pedo para cuarenta, mamado/a, tener una mamúa, estar del orto, tomarse hasta el agua de los floreros, quedar culo para el Norte.
    Amusing and scintillating blogpost, as ever. I raise my glass to you.

  14. Hunting bear with a switch.

  15. Get “messy” (south uk)
    Get “maggot” (oz)

  16. “harry shiters”
    “harry crappers”
    (see my putative post for “ekker”)

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  18. As a returning uni student, I find this list rather helpful. The goal however, will to remember them in the next appropriate context. Also the terms greasy and beersbied could be added.

    Greasy: related to the large amounts of fried food consumed during drinking or as a hangover cure.
    Beersbied: Having imbibed large quantities of beer whilst playing beersby. (An ultimate frisbee/disc golf/beer pong-y kind of game)

  19. F.U.B.A.R.- F*cked up beyond all reason.

  20. two sheets to the wind

  21. beat
    afumat
    muci
    beat turta
    trotilat
    vesel
    manga
    sub masa
    pula de beat
    distrus
    aghezmuit

    Various terms in Romanian

  22. My favorite thing to say is ham-boned

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  24. Fully Krausened. It’s from an Old Syle beer commercial.

  25. You have “Brahms and Litsz” but not “Oliver Twist” – both from Cockney Rhyming slang (London,England) meaning pissed ie drunk. On a classical note Shakespeare’s Macbeth “spongy” is nice.

  26. I think I remember being “blau” in Munich a few times in the 60s; not “depressed,” just drunk.

  27. The swedish one is wrong. It’s called “full” in swedish.

  28. Over-served

  29. Pyanaya (Russian)

  30. tuned-up

  31. bubbed up

  32. Theodore Labby

    Turnt

  33. Arseholed; wankered! Sorry for being foul but they are ones I’ve heard used now and then.

  34. Here are some French terms:

    “joyeux”: tipsy
    saoul (pronounced s-ool):drunk
    ivre: drunk

    Also, rarely used, but the term “slizzered” is another English slang term for drunk (like that song “fly like a G6)

    Also, you mentioned the Chinese already, but you can also just say “wo zuile” (I’m drunk) too.

  35. oh, forgot the most important one in French: bourré

  36. No ones said Stiched yet.?

  37. What about “shmammered”

  38. Add “mortaled”!

  39. Jonathon Green has made historical timelines of slang terms for drink, drunks, and drunkenness at http://timeglider.com/t/69fe63cb1c99e772 and for alcohol and other drinks at http://timeglider.com/timeline/0c3ac0660b7fa180

  40. dickered

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  42. A friend of mine used a term I hadn’t heard before, a few weeks ago. It’s a combination of two from your listed: “pickle-twisted”. Presumably it is intended to indicated more drunkenness than either “pickled” or “twisted” on their own.

  43. don’t forget…”loose”

  44. One of my favorites is “baked.” I have also heard “sudsed” (as in “suds”), but a better notation might be “suds’d.” Suggestions?

  45. Stefani vaginavic

    What about off your nuts or hammered

  46. you are missing “over served”

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  48. I got “fucked up” or I wa all “swol-up”

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  50. Fonged – known at least in New Zealand

  51. Atrocity! That’s my favorite.

  52. ” Tore up from the floor up.”

  53. wankered, twatted, hurt and buggered spring immediately to mind.

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  56. D Lennon got close, but I think perhaps the most common expression for being very drunk in the UK (unfortunately) is simply I’m/you’re/(s)he’s fucked.

  57. In Afrikaans Gesuip & Dronk

  58. Bolloxed, wankered, shit faced, hammered, kalide,

  59. Foxed. English word – arcahic meaning is drunk.

  60. “chapado” “pinguço” brazilian portuguese

  61. More Danish words:
    Stiv
    Snalleret
    Beruset
    Svimmel

  62. LOVE moist & garrulous!!! Love the word moist fullstop! X

  63. My other half says he’s heard “hand-carts” in Manchester coz u’d need a hand-cart to get u home x

  64. For Portuguese (European):
    – borracho (like the Spanish)
    – com os copos
    – com o grão na asa (slightly inebriated)
    – avinhado (with the wine)
    Cheers! ;)

  65. You don’t have mortal yet.

  66. Pea yuk Slovak

  67. Fu**ed up!

  68. And what about one for a leap year

  69. High as a Georgia pine.

    F*cked up as a football bat.

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