Meaning of crapulent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrapjʊl(ə)nt/

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  • Relating to the drinking of alcohol or drunkenness.

    ‘It was a difficult choice by anyone's reckoning: suffer the cackling of crapulent in-laws tanking themselves up on festive sherry, or make your excuses and leave the room to go and suffer the Christmas Supplement.’
    • ‘A beer-bellied, crapulent friend had asked, ‘What're the numbers for?’’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin


Mid 17th century from late Latin crapulentus ‘very drunk’, from Latin crapula ‘inebriation’, from Greek kraipalē ‘drunken headache’.