Definition of carouse in English:

carouse

Line breaks: ca|rouse
Pronunciation: /kəˈraʊz
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way: they danced and caroused until the drink ran out (as noun carousing) a night of carousing
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    • The Middleton Guardian was told that up to 60 vandals regularly invade the grounds and spend the whole night drinking and carousing, leaving a trail of dangerous debris in their wake.
    • He looked weary and about three years older - like he had just spent an entire night carousing through Detroit and drinking to his heart's content.
    • He is a respectable businessman now but when we were young we terrorised Glasgow's nightclubs, drinking, carousing and doing a lot else I can't mention.
    Synonyms
    drink and make merry, go on a drinking bout, go on a binge, binge, overindulge, drink heavily/freely, go on a pub crawl, go on a spree; have a party, revel, celebrate, feast, enjoy oneself, have a good time, roister, {eat, drink, and be merry}, frolic, romp
    informal booze, go boozing, go on a bender, paint the town red, bend one's elbow, party, rave, have a ball, raise hell, make whoopee, live it up, whoop it up, have a fling
    British informal go on the bevvy
    archaic wassail

noun

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  • A noisy, lively drinking party: corporate carouses
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    • The Last Supper, or a mere carouse as Ivan had called it (which caused his confinement in the dark shed), came to the apogee.

Derivatives

carousal

noun
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  • At university, both plunged into a side-life of journalism and nocturnal carousal.

carouser

noun
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  • The air is warm and still enough that I didn't even need a sweater, and the sidewalks were already lined with carousers.
  • These verses have been quoted by Arab carousers though the centuries.
  • From the table of rowdy carousers came a loud voice.

Origin

mid 16th century: originally as an adverb meaning 'right out, completely' in the phrase drink carouse, from German gar aus trinken; hence 'drink heavily, have a drinking bout'.

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