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booze

Syllabification: booze
Pronunciation: /bo͞oz
 
/
informal

Definition of booze in English:

noun

Alcohol, especially hard liquor: they turn to booze to beat work pressure
More example sentences
  • At least the club is starting at the right point—by focussing on the booze drinking issue.
  • There were dozens of empty booze bottles and beer cans lying around on the beach and on the walkway.
  • They do have lager there—there's a big bottled beer stall of foreign booze.
Synonyms
alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, drink, spirits, intoxicants
informal grog, firewater, rotgut, the hard stuff, the bottle, hooch, moonshine
juice, the sauce

verb

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Drink alcohol, especially in large quantities: you used to booze a lot on expensive hard liquor (as noun boozing) Michael is trying to quit boozing
More example sentences
  • They must have been boozing; it's an absolute disgrace.
  • Bath Street is turning out to be Glasgow's premier thoroughfare for boozing, schmoozing and general tomfoolery.
  • He was perfect company and we had a great time schmoozing and boozing.
Synonyms
drink, tipple, imbibe, indulge
informal hit the bottle, knock a few back, swill, chug

Origin

Middle English bouse, from Middle Dutch būsen 'drink to excess'. The spelling booze dates from the 18th century.

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