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
  1. adjective
    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
    smelling of beer
    very drunk
    slightly intoxicated
    bibulous, boozy, drunken, sottish
    given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
    drugged, narcotised, narcotized
    under the influence of narcotics
    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
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    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
    cold sober, stone-sober
    totally sober
    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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  2. adjective
    as if under the influence of alcohol
    “felt intoxicated by her success”
    synonyms: drunk
    in an aroused state
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