booze

booze by 1768, "to drink a lot" (v.), variant of M.E. bouse (c.1300), from M.Du. busen "to drink heavily," related to M.H.G. bus (intrans.) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun is recorded by 1821, perhaps 1714; reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Boozy (1719) was one of Benjamin Franklin's 225 synonyms for "drunk," published in 1722. In New Zealand from c.WWII, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.

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  • booze — [bu:z] n [singular, U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Middle Dutch; Origin: Middle Flemish busen] informal alcoholic drink ▪ a bottle of booze on the booze ▪ He s been on the booze (=drinking too much alcohol) for five days. off the booze ▪ My husband is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Booze — is an informal term for an alcoholic beverage. However, it can also refer to:;Place *Booze, North Yorkshire, an English hamlet;People *Bea Booze (1920 1975), American jazz singer *Tyrone Booze (born 1959), American boxer *William Samuel Booze… …   Wikipedia

  • Booze — ist der Familienname folgender Personen Bea Booze (1920–1975), US amerikanische Rhythm and Blues und Jazzsängerin Tyrone Booze (* 1959), US amerikanischer Boxer William Samuel Booze (1862–1933), US amerikanischer Politiker Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Booze —    Booze, meaning an alcoholic drink, is a barroom term not found in the vocabulary of the genteel. Yet for centuries it enjoyed credentials that made it, in one form or another, a commonplace word in the English language. With time, however, it… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • booze-up — booze ups N COUNT In Britain, a booze up is a party or other social gathering where people drink a lot of alcohol. [INFORMAL] ...a booze up in the nurses home. Syn: bender …   English dictionary

  • Booze — (b[=oo]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boozed} (b[=oo]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Boozing}.] [D. buizen; akin to G. bausen, and perh. fr. D. buis tube, channel, bus box, jar.] To drink greedily or immoderately, esp. alcoholic liquor; to tipple. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Booze — Booze, n. 1. A carouse; a drinking. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. any alcoholic beverage, especially a strong beverage such as whiskey. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • booze — booze; booze·hound; …   English syllables

  • booze-up — ooze up n. an occasion for heavy drinking. Syn: bust, tear, bender, binge, toot. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • booze-up — n BrE old fashioned informal a party where people drink a lot of alcohol …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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