intoxicated

Someone who's intoxicated has had too much to drink. Visit an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day and you're sure to see at least one intoxicated person.

When you describe someone as intoxicated, you usually mean that he's been drinking alcoholic beverages until he feels dizzy and sick. You can also use the word to talk about someone who's really excited or happy about something: "She was intoxicated by Paris the minute she stepped off the airplane." Before intoxicated was first used to mean "drunk" in the 1570's, it meant "poisoned," which especially makes sense when you know the Latin root word, intoxicare, "to poison."

Definitions of intoxicated
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adj stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

“a noisy crowd of intoxicated sailors”
Synonyms:
drunk, inebriated
bacchanal, bacchanalian, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
used of riotously drunken merrymaking
beery
smelling of beer
potty
slightly intoxicated
bibulous, boozy, drunken, sottish
given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
drugged, narcotised, narcotized
under the influence of narcotics
half-seas-over
British informal for `intoxicated'
high, mellow
slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
hopped-up, stoned
under the influence of narcotics
Antonyms:
sober
not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
cold sober, stone-sober
totally sober
drug-free
characteristic of a person not taking illegal drugs or of a place where no illegal drugs are used
dry, teetotal
practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
uninebriated, unintoxicated
not inebriated
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adj as if under the influence of alcohol

“felt intoxicated by her success”
Synonyms:
drunk
excited
in an aroused state

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