habitual drunkard


habitual drunkard
One who drinks intoxicating liquors to excess and with habitual frequency, as the opportunity permits. One who has lost the power or will to control his appetite for intoxicating liquors or narcotics, and has the fixed habit of drunkenness. 29 Am J Rev ed Ins Per § 8.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • habitual drunkard — person who gets drunk regularly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sponge a habitual drunkard —    Punning perhaps on the soaking up of liquid and his willingness to accept free refills, sponging on others. The British sponging house was not an inn but a temporary prison for debtors, where they might be relieved, or sponged, of their cash… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • habitual — ha·bit·u·al /hə bi chə wəl/ adj 1: practicing or acting in some manner by force of custom, habit, or addiction a habitual drunkard 2: being such a specified number of times or with designated regularity habitual offenders 3: involved in the… …   Law dictionary

  • drunkard — n. an habitual drunkard * * * [ drʌŋkəd] an habitual drunkard …   Combinatory dictionary

  • habitual — /həˈbɪtʃuəl/ (say huh bichoohuhl) adjective 1. of the nature of a habit, or fixed by or resulting from habit: habitual courtesy. 2. being such by habit: a habitual drunkard. 3. commonly used (by a given person): she took her habitual place at the …   Australian English dictionary

  • drunkard — A person given to inebriety and the excessive use of intoxicating liquor, who has lost the power or will, by frequent indulgence, to control his appetite for it. 29A Am J Rev ed Ins § 1230. The definition is sometimes extended to include… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • drunkard — drunkard, inebriate, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, sot, soak, toper, tosspot, tippler designate one who drinks to excess. Drunkard and inebriate suggest the habitude of intoxication but in themselves imply nothing about the causes or effects of such… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • drunkard — One who is habitually intoxicated. A common drunkard is defined by statute in some states as a person who has been convicted of drunkenness (or proved to have been drunk) a certain number of times within a limited period. Elsewhere the word… …   Black's law dictionary

  • drunkard — One who is habitually intoxicated. A common drunkard is defined by statute in some states as a person who has been convicted of drunkenness (or proved to have been drunk) a certain number of times within a limited period. Elsewhere the word… …   Black's law dictionary

  • drunkard — Synonyms and related words: Bowery bum, LSD user, acidhead, addict, alcoholic, alcoholic addict, bacchanal, bacchanalian, beachcomber, beggar, beggarly fellow, bibber, big drunk, blighter, bloat, blotter, boozehound, boozer, budmash, bum, bummer …   Moby Thesaurus