Send us your synonyms!

Paul set the Guiness World Record this time around, but we’re gearing up to break it again.  And with your help!  There must be phrases that we’ve left out, haven’t heard of, or just simply didn’t have time to find.  Is your favorite drunken synonym missing from this collection?  Scroll to the bottom of the page to leave your word or phrase in the reply box, along with an explanation of where they came from and how they are used, and you’ll be included in our second edition of Drunk: the Definitive Drinker’s Dictionary.  Please see submission rules in the right sidebar for more details.

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33 Responses to “Send us your synonyms!”

  1. 1 Andy Bandy-Gandy May 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    My personal favourite is ‘munted’. Which I believe is an amalgamation of 2 other slang phrases. The first being ‘mullered'(Broken, smashed or beaten up to the point of being visibly altered, unusable or non-functional) and the highly offensive ‘cu*ted’.

    Here is the definition from Urban Dictionary:

    To have intoxicated yourself with alcohol and/or chemicals to such point where respectable levels of social and/or physical functioning become problematic; where you are also (quite possibly)chewing a lot. In short, a state of complete and utter trashedness! ‘Bert was so munted he couldn’t barely string a sentence together, and was chewing his face off like a gurning tw*t’

  2. 2 D-lo March 27, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Donezo Washington
    Tying one on

  3. 3 BopRaipleRace December 12, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I’m frequently looking for brand-new posts in the net about this subject. Thankz.

  4. 4 Cass December 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Bartuned, as in: ear to the bar to hear it better.

  5. 5 Reformed Expat October 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Expats in Asia often get legless.

  6. 6 Brandon October 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve been reading “The Tempest,” and Act 2, Scene 2, has a few synonyms for drinking. There’s “kiss the book” (line 135 in my copy), which means to take a drink. (That probably wouldn’t fit this site, but I thought it was worth a mention.) And Stephano, who’s been drinking, tells Trinculo, “My stomach is not constant” (lines 118-119 in my copy), which could allude to his drunk state.

  7. 7 Evangeline October 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “Buffing the floor” as in, “He was buffing the floor.”

    Overheard at a Brooklyn, NY art opening.

  8. 8 Mike October 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Sloppy-Tonks. As in: Tonight I plan on gettin’ sloppy-tonks.

  9. 9 D. Fitzgerald October 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    The one that came to mind is “On a Bender”. This is getting and staying drunk for usually more than a day.

  10. 10 Elisabeth G October 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Polluted, schnockered…and wicked-wasted (overheard in Salem, Mass) at Tavern on the Green….

  11. 11 Steve G October 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Getting after it.

  12. 12 The Dark Canuck October 6, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Stinko – from the great Stoppin’ Tom Connors (

    An Irish friend of mine that I worked with in Japan always described it as being ‘shambolic’ or ‘a shambles’ – this would often extend to the next day, when we would show up to work in the same suits we wore yesterday, drinking Japanese vitamin drinks and downing greasy burgers to stave off the hangover (which he referred to as “the grease release”)

  13. 13 Sandra Aden October 5, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Growing up in the South (Atlanta), you might be “lit”, knee-walkin’ drunk, on your a–, drunk as a skunk, fallin’ down drunk, and…yeah…3 sheets to the wind, seein’ double or feelin’ no pain. But in L.A. now, ploughed, one too many, etc.

  14. 14 john sakkis October 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    all Bay Area (925 510 415) slang

    gradations of drunkenness

    Swerved-really drunk “dude, i’m hella swerved…?

    Perved-less drunk than swerved “dude, those girls are hella perved, let’s go holler…”

    Perked-less drunk than perved “gimme the keys dude i’m only perked…”

    Gurp- somewhere between Swerved and Perved “just posted up on the couch gurpin’ dude, you?…”

    and then

    Sap- to sip alcohol “it’s hella nice out, let’s go to Dolores to sap these beers…”

  15. 15 AD in SB October 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm


  16. 16 MattP October 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Spastic Drunk

    Used by a college lecturer to describe my state on a field trip. I’m from the UK and I think he was referring to the ‘dictionary definition of the word spastic’ so should not be considered offensive.

  17. 17 Peter V. Maggio October 1, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I am afraid that he has dined too well.

  18. 18 J Legg September 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    My dad was a Southerner transplanted to the midwest. We knew he was feeling no pain when he was “stiffer than a new broom.”

  19. 19 Dr. Antonio Lillo September 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    An example of drunk synonyms in literature:

    ‘Pray God,’ she said, ‘that he be neither beargeared, bleary, blued, primed, lumpy, top-heavy, moony, scammered, on the ran-tan, ploughed, muddled, obfuscated, swipy, kisky, sewed up nor all mops and brooms! Or that he hasn’t lapped the gutter, can’t see a hole in a ladder or been to Bungay Fair and lose both his legs! (Angela Carter. 1995. A Victorian Fable (with Glossary). In Angela Carter. 1995. Burning Your Boats. London: Chatto & Windus. p. 16)

  20. 20 Suzy Kane September 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    He was three sheets to the wind–from oral culture along northeast U.S. coast, meaning with all his sails up, he was flying in the water.

  21. 21 Thomas September 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm


    Synonym for hangover.

    As in, “to be in the hurt-locker” or “I am in the hurt-locker.”

    Attributed to Robert Heath jr. Wylie, Texas

    NB:Not to be confused with the johnny-come-lately movie by the same title.

  22. 22 MacNab1 September 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm


    Found in Australian mystery writer Peter Temple’s “Bad Debts”.

  23. 23 Railbird Bob September 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Drunk as Noah.

    As all readers of the Old Testement remember, Genesis, Chapter 6 tells how Noah celebrated landfall by going ashore, planting a vineyard, making wine, getting bombed out of his coconut, and… well, the rest of the story is not discussed in Sunday School. Noah would be proud to know that a search turns up 10,300 citations of “Drunk as Noah”.

  24. 24 Ritzie Cracker September 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    knuckle dragging: To be so drunk that you are actually doing just that. As seen many a Saturday night at Smileys Bar in Bolinas.

    • 25 Michael September 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      I grew up in Allentown PA and when drunk a person was described as SH** Faced.

  25. 26 catherine September 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    “On a bat”. “Off on a toot”. those are binges.

    Being sick: “praying to the porcelain god”, “driving the porcelain bus”.

  26. 27 Ritzdeef September 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm


    Common Australian term – probably from “The Adventures of Bazza Mackenzie” by Dame Edna Everidge (AKA Barry Humphries)

  27. 28 Valerie Merians September 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm


    As in, “He was totally creamolated.”

    Overheard at Lisa DiSalvo’s dinner table.

  28. 29 The Rambler September 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm


    When you sit at the end of the bar and get so inebriated that you fall forward onto the bar, with one hand hanging over the edge like an elephant trunk. (Heard in Bar 68, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York)

  29. 30 Joe G. September 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm


    I dropped into the library to read the London Spectator and find a book or two. My eye fell upon Charlatan, by Brock Pope, concerning Dr. J. R. Brinkley of goat-gland fame — the guy who convinced various rubes (and some rather smart people as well) that having goat testicles sewn into their scrotum would work the same miracles as supposedly does Viagra.

    In one section, Brock does a long riff on patent medicines and their high alcohol contents — Paine’s Celery Compound, 21 percent; Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters, 44.3 percent. Then he writes, “The bestselling of the bunch was Peruna, the most prominent proprietary nostrum in he country, manufactured by a Dr. S. B. Hartman of Cincinnati. Favored by bridge-playing old ladies and other discreet alcoholics, it had spawned the term PERUNA DRUNK and had been banned from reservations by the Bureau of Indian affairs.” (pp. 28-29, published in 2008 by Crown.)

  30. 31 Dan O'C September 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm


    From Freedomland by Richard Price.

    A driver has hit a statue and, after hearing that “Somebody said they saw beer cans rolling around in there,” another character asks him “You weren’t a little bozoed?”

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