Paddled May refer to noisy imbibing.
Paid Probably refers to people getting drunk on payday. Cf. "Giffed." British, since circa 1635.
Painted the town - I.e., painted the town red.
Paintin' one's nose Drinking esp. whisky crapulently. "Nose paint" is whisky or other strong drink.
Painting the town red
Pal-looral Glasgow slang, noted circa 1934.
Palatic/Pallatic From term for "relating to the palate," or a corruption of "Paralytic." British, since circa 1885.
Paled Completely exhausted by drinking, wasted. Canadian teen slang.
Palled Totally drunk. From word for "sated." Late 1600s.
Paralytic Very drunk. Australian, since circa 1910.
Paralyzed Heavily inebriated. From the effects of intoxicants. Since the 1890s.
Parboiled Probably an elaboration of "Boiled."
Partying From drug slang.
Partying with no regard to one's personal safety
Passed out Sleeping due to drunkenness. Originated in the British military circa 1910; US use since the mid 1900s.
Passed out cold
Passed out of the picture
Pasted Cf. "Glued."
Peckish British, 1800s.
Pee-eyed From P.I., the first two letters in "Pissed."
Pee'd Possibly a nicety for "Pissed."
Pegged out Probably from a slang term for "dead," which originated as a cribbage term. Also, a "peg" is a dram of liquor, and to "peg" means to consume intoxicants. Cf. the following.
Pegged too low To "peg too low" means to be depressed and in need of stimulants. "Peg" is an old word for ale, from the pegs used to measure half-pint drafts in a tankard. It seems odd that "pegged too low" should mean "drunk" when "a peg too low" means "depressed," unless this term refers to the peg going lower and lower in the tankard as people take their share of drink.
Pepst Origin unknown. From circa 1570.
Perked British army, since WWI.
Pertish Fairly drunk. British, circa 1760 to circa 1820.
Perved Having the perfect buzz, not totally drunk but pleasantly inebriated. US college slang.
Phazed/Phased From drug slang.
Pickled Cf. "Soused." Since circa 1926.
Pickled one's debts
Pickled the mustard
Piddled A nicety for "Pissed."
Pie-eyed/Pye-eyed The origin of this term is uncertain, as drunkenness causes the pupils to contract rather than dilate. Perhaps this term comes, rather, from the inability of the eyes to focus. US, since the late 1800s.
Pied From "Pie-eyed."
Pied-eyed and shitfaced
Pifficated Variation of "Pifflicated."
Piffled Probably from "Pifflicated." Since the 1910s.
Pifflicated/Piflicated Very drunk. From "Spifflicated." US and Bahamas, since the 1910s.
Pigeon-eyed Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Pin drunk A "pin" is 4½ gallons of liquid or the vessel holding it. Or, it may be related to "Pegged" or "Pegged too low," since "pin" can mean the peg used to measure half pints.
Pinko Usu. means drunk on methylated spirits. British and Australian, since circa 1925; may have started in the armed forces. Alternately, may have been influenced by "Blotto" since blotting paper is often pink.
Pinning one on
Pious Cf. "Religious," "Preaching drunk."
Piper-fou See "Drunk as a fiddler," "Fou."
Piran The British St. Piran, patron of tinners, supposedly died while pickled.
Piscatorically drunk Drunk as a fish. Based on Latin "piscis," fish.
Pished Scottish variation of "Pissed."
Pissed Very drunk. Primarily British, as are most terms that include this word or a form of it. Was popular during the 1970s and 1980s, but has fallen out of favor.
Pissed as a coot
Pissed as a cunt
Pissed as a fart
Pissed as a fiddler's bitch
Pissed as a newt Probably the most common elaboration of "Pissed."
Pissed as a parrot Australian.
Pissed as a piard Used by the RAF in Iraq, 1920 to 1945.
Pissed as a pig
Pissed as a rat Cf. "Drunk as a drowned rat."
Pissed as a skunk
Pissed as arseholes Very drunk. Dates back to at least the 1400s.
Pissed in the brook Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Pissed out of one's mind
Pissed out of one's tiny mind
Pissed to the ears
Pissed to the earlobes
Pissed to the eyeballs
Pissed to the eyes
Pissed to the gills
Pissed-up Very drunk. A "piss-up" is a bender. British wartime.
Pissed up to the eyebrows British military.
Pissing drunk Heavily intoxicated. British, 1800s.
Pissy Because heavy drinking leads to frequent urination. Or, from "Pissed." Bahamian slang.
Pissy-arsed Indicates that one has a tendency to get drunk. British.
Pistol shot Elaboration of "Shot." A "pistol shot" is a drink of spirits.
Piston broke Drunk and penniless. Pun on "pissed and broke."
Pistorically drunk Variant of "Piscatorically drunk."
Pitching a leave US army slang.
Pixilated/Pixillated/Pixolated Silly from drink. From a word for "daffy," means enchanted by pixies. Alternately, "pixy-led" plus "intoxicated," or a variation of "impixlocated." US, mid 1800s.
Pizz Shortening of "Pizzicato"
Pizzicato Tipsy. Partial disguise of "Pissed." British, since circa 1930.
Plain old drunk
Plastered Because the smell of intoxicants sticks to one, or from the immobility of a limb in a plaster cast. Also, to "plaster" a game bird means to blow it to pieces. May have military origins.
Playing camel(s) Drinking to find out how much booze one can hold. From the fact that camels drink huge amounts of water at a time.
Playing the Greek
Playing the harp Drunk and getting home by the railings. Irish.
Plonk Cf. next term.
Plonked Done in by "plonk," cheap or hard liquor, or white wine. Derived from French "vin blanc," white wine. Originally Australian, since WWII.
Plootered Tipsy. From "plouter," Anglo-Irish to splash or wade in water or mire.
Plotzed Possibly from Yiddish "plotzen," from German "platzen," "split" or "burst."
Plowed/Ploughed British & US, since the 1800s.
Plumb numb Unconscious. Cowboy slang.
Poddy Tipsy. Cf. "Pogy." British & US, mid 1800s to early 1900s.
Poegaai/Poegah/Poegai Pronounced poe-khai. South African slang, from Dutch "poechai" for "fuss" or "bother." Possibly from the same source as "Pogy."
Poggled Madly drunk. Cf. "Puggled." British army, since the late 1800s.
Pogy/Pogey/Pogie Probably originally cant. "Pogy!" or "pogeyaqua!" (means "little water") means "Make the grog strong!" British & US, since the 1800s.
Poisoned Probably from the phrase "Name your poison."
Polled-off Possibly from "poll" for "head." British, 1800s.
Polluted Extremely drunk. Possibly a reference to the impure condition of the bloodstream. Cf. "Laced."
Pooped From nautical term for a sailor who has been knocked down by a wave coming over the stern.
Pot-shot A pun on the term "pot shot," a shot at game to provide something for the dinner pot. Cf. "Cup-shot." British, 1800s.
Pot-sick Since the late 1500s.
Pot-sure Courageous from imbibing spirits. Cf. "Full of Dutch courage." British, 1600s.
Pot-valiant/Potvaliant Since the early 1600s.
Potated Probably from "potation."
Potted A "pot" is a flagon, more specifically, a quart measure; or a drunkard. To "pot" is to drink spirits.
Potulent Since the mid 1600s.
Powdered Underworld slang. "Powder" is a drink of liquor.
Powdered ones hair Euphemism coined by a polite landlord. Originated in the days when men wore elaborate wigs, which were usually powdered. To "powder ones hair" means to get drunk in tavern slang.
Praying to the porcelain god Vomiting from intoxication.
Preaching drunk Almost drunk.
Preserved Variation of "Pickled."
Prestoned After a brand of antifreeze. See "Antifreezed."
Pretty far gone
Pretty well enter'd
Pretty well intoxicated
Pretty well organized
Pretty well over
Pretty well plowed
Pretty well primed
Pretty well slacked
Pretty well started
Primed Ready to "explode into action." British & US, since the 1800s.
Primed to the ears
Primed to the muzzle
Primed to the nuts
Primed to the sticking point
Primed to the trigger
Pruned From "prune juice," strong liquor, or because one feels like a tree that has been pruned.
Puggled Madly drunk. "Puggle pawnee" is British army slang for rum, from Hindi "pagal pani" meaning "mad water." British army use.
Pulled a Daniel Boone
Pulled a shut-eye
Pulled the drunk act
Punch drunk Drunk on punch, dazed by drink, or dead drunk. From boxing term for when a pugilist becomes eccentric after suffering too many blows. Reinforced by "punch" as in alcoholic beverage.
Punchy From either "Punch drunk" or from alcoholic punch.
Pungy/Pungey Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Pushed From the tendency to fall. British, late 1800s to early 1900s.
Pushing about the bottle Nautical, late 1700s to late 1800s.
Put a full cargo aboard Cf. "Loaded."
Put down Dates to at least the 1500s. Appears in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Put in the pin
Put on the drunk act
Put to bed with a shovel Extremely drunk. Phrase means "dead and buried"; thus, the allusion is to the internment of a corpse. Refers to one who is so drunk that one needs assistance in getting to bed.
Puttin' on the rollers Cowboy slang.
Putting it away
Putting one on
Quaint May have been inspired by the movie Dumbo.
Queer Because one who is drunk usu. behaves eccentrically.
Queer in the attic Refers to the bizarre behavior caused by drinking. "Attic" is British slang for the mind.
Queered Tipsy. British, early to mid 1800s.
Quick-tempered Cf. "Fighting drunk," "In armor."
Quisby From mid 1800s term for "out of whack." British, 1800s.
Racked Possibly from term for "tired."
Raddled Reddened by drink. "Raddle" is red ochre. Also, to "raddle" is to do anything to excess. 1600s to 1700s.
Ragged US, since the 1700s.
Raised one's monuments
Rallying Acting drunkenly.
Ramaged/Rammaged From 1400s Scottish term for "frenzied." Since the late 1700s.
Rampaging Very drunk.
Ramping mad Drunk and angry. British, mid 1800s.
Rat-arsed/Ratarsed British teen slang of the 1980s.
Rats in the attic From "Has rats in the attic."
Ratted British society use.
Rattled Heavily intoxicated, having impaired senses. Since the mid 1800s.
Ratty as a jaybird
Raughty Variation of "Rorty."
Raunchy/Ronchie Originally meant sloppy, and from this meaning came to mean "drunk."
Reached a hundred proof "Proof" is the measure of the percentage of alcohol in potent potables. 100 proof means 50% alcohol, so this may mean half drunk.
Reading Geneva print From a pun on "Geneva" and French geniθvre, juniper berry.
Ready to pass out
Real turned on Beatnik talk.
Really feeling one's drinks Very drunk.
Really got/had a load
Really lit up
Really tied one on
Red about the gills
Reeking Stinking drunk.
Reeling and kneeling
Reeling ripe British & later US, since the 1600s.
Reeling 'round like a puppy tryin' to find a soft spot to lie down Cowboy slang.
Reely Rare term for tipsy. British, since circa 1933.
Religious Because one is faithful in attending a particular tavern. "One of the faithful" is a souse who always shows up at the same place. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Remembering Parson Mellham Drinking about. Norfolk phrase, from the cry "Remember Parson Mellham!" (sometimes rendered as Parson Mullam), meaning "Pray drink about, sir."
Re-raw/Ree-raw From "On the re-raw."
Revved up Mildly drunk.
Riding out of town with nothing but a head
Riding the porcelain bus
Right before the wind with all studding sails out
Right before the wind with all the/one's studding sails out Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Right down and out
Right up there with the best of them
Rigid Passed-out drunk.
Rip-roaring drunk Drunk and boisterous.
Ripe Ready to fall; may refer to a ripe fruit ready to drop off a tree. Since the 1600s.
Ripped Extremely inebriated. May have originated in drug culture.
Ripped and wrecked
Ripped to the tits
Roaring Short for "Roaring drunk."
Roaring drunk Noisily intoxicated, drunk and boisterous.
Rocky From instability and "rocking" of drunk. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Rolled off the sofa
Roostered Cf. "Cocked." US euphemism.
Roostered up Cowboy slang.
Rooted Possibly from Australian slang for "exhausted" or "out of action."
Rorty Noisy and argumentative from drunkenness. A "rort" is a wild party in Australian slang. Naval.
Rosined "Rosin" is old slang for the liquor given to musicians who play at a party. Cf. "Drunk as a fiddler." Primarily US use, since the 1700s.
Rosy/Rosie/Rosey Tipsy, reddened by drink. Since the late 1800s.
Rosy about the gills "Rosy" plus "Up to the gills."
Rotten Widespread since the 1800s.
Rough about the edges
Round as a glass
Round the bend
Royal British, early 1800s.
Rubber - Scottish slang
Ruined Possibly from "mother's ruin," English slang for gin. Or, may come from drug slang. British teen use.
Rulling drunk Variation of "Rolling drunk."
Rung one up
Rushing the growler In the 19th century, due to the lack of refrigeration, it was common practice to send children to a local saloon to fetch beer in a pail or pitcher, which was called a "growler." Since these children were often in a hurry, they were said to be "rushing the growler." Today, to "rush the growler" means to drink heavily.
Salt Short for "Salt junk." Late 1800s to early 1900s.
Salt junk Rhyming slang for "drunk." Cf. "Elephants trunk." British, late 1800s to early 1900s.
Salted/Saulted Since the late 1800s; rare since circa 1931.
Salubrious From drinking "healths" to others. British, since the 1870s.
Sank like a brick
Sank like a rock
Sank like a stone
Sap-happy Patterned on "slap-happy." "Sap" is booze.
Saturated Heavily inebriated. Description of the bloodstream.
Scammered Possibly from "scammer," to climb or scramble. Since the 1840s.
Schicker/Schikker/Shicker/Shikker From Yiddish, from Hebrew "shikor." "Shicker" is Australian slang for strong drink, or to drink heavily, or to get drunk. British army use, esp. the latter two spellings.
Schizzed Pronounced "skizzed." Because drunkenness supposedly causes schizophrenia.
Schmidt-faced - Nicety for "shit-faced."
Schnapped Probably from schnapps. US, since the mid 1800s.
Schnozzled too deeply
Schwasted - Really drunk, ultimate drunkenness
Scotch mist Rhyming slang for "Pissed." A Scotch mist is a heavy, soaking rain enough to wet an Englishman to the skin. British, since the 1920s.
Scragged Probably from cant for "dead."
Scranched Variant of "Scraunched."
Scratched From cant. Since the early 1600s.
Screaming Drunk and quarrelsome. Also, a "screamer" is a party animal, and a "two-pot screamer" is someone who gets drunk on very little booze.
Screechers Shortening of "Harry Screechers."
Screwed May be a pun on "Tight." Chiefly British, since the 1840s.
Screwed, blued and tattooed Very drunk. From term for "badly cheated." Because targets for forcible enlistment in the navy were gotten drunk and carried off, and woke up in Shanghai (hence the verb "shanghai").
Screwed, stewed and tattooed Variant of the above. Nautical slang.
Screwy/Scruey From this words sense of "crazy or from "Screwed." British, since the early 1800s.
Second hand drunk Intoxicated from the breath of a drunk. Humorous. Cf. "Sniffed the barmaids apron."
Seeing a flock of moons
Seeing by twos
Seeing double Since the early 1600s.
Seeing double and feeling single
Seeing pink elephants
Seeing pink spiders
Seeing snakes Suffering delirium tremens. Since the 1800s.
Seeing the bears
Seeing the devil 1700s to 1800s.
Seeing the elephants
Seeing the French king
Seeing the snakes
Seeing the yellow star
Seeing things that aint in natural history Cowboy slang.
Seeing things that arent there
Seeing two moons Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Seeking the comfort of Lyaeus Getting drunk on wine. "Lyaeus," "the freer," is an epithet of Bacchus.
Seen a ghost
Seen one out Has out-drunk said person, has drunk someone under the table. Cf. "Drunk as a lord," "Made a bridge of ones nose."
Seen the devil
Seen the governor "Seein the governor" is Toronto slang for drinking rum.
Seen the sun
Selling Buicks Vomiting due to alcohol consumption. US college use.
Semi-bousy/Seimbousy From the 1400s.
Sent In an altered state of consciousness.
Set up To "set 'em up and pour 'em down" means to drink intemperately.
Seven sheets to the wind See "Three sheets in the wind."
Several slugs behind the midriff A "slug" can mean a drink, so this phrase has two meanings.
Sewed/Sewn up Exhausted or sick from intoxication. The imagery is of a corpse sewn up in canvas before burial. Since circa 1818.
Sewed up with booze
Shaking a cloth in the wind
Shaky The "shakes" is an attack of trembling due to drunkenness.
Shammered US college slang.
Shaved A "shave" is a drink. Possibly from the excuse of going out for a shave when one is really going out for a drink. Since the late 1500s.
She had cider inside her insides
She has been a good wife to him Said of a woman rolling drunk in the streets.
Sheet and a half in/into the wind See "Three sheets in the wind."
Sheet in the wind See "Three sheets in the wind."
Sheet in the wind's eye
Shellacked Very drunk. From ones glazed-over appearance. Since the 1920s.
Shellacked the goldfish bowl
Sherbetty/Sherbety "Sherbet" is a glass of warm liquor. British, since the late 1800s.
Shews ones hobnails Drunk and lying on the floor.
Shice/Shise/Schise Possibly from Yiddish term for "no good." British.
Shicer/Shiser Cf. above term. British.
Shicked Possibly from "Schicker." US and Australian, since the mid 1800s.
Shickered/Shikkered Australian. See "Schicker."
Shickery/Shikkery Variation of "Shicked." From the late 1800s; obsolete by circa 1935.
Shifassed Partial disguise of "Shit faced."
Shiny Lightly intoxicated.
Shipwrecked British naval.
Shit faced/Shitfaced/Shit-faced Possibly from "Shitface drunk."
Shitface drunk A "shitface" is a drunken party.
Shoe pinches one Gives an explanation for ones staggering gait. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Shoed the goose
Shooting the cat Vomiting from intoxication. Cf. "Whipcat."
Shot Shortening of "Shot in the neck." This term and all its derivatives are reinforced by "shot" as in a quick drink of booze. Since the 1870s.
Shot away British, 1800s.
Shot full of holes Heavily drunken. Originated in New Zealand circa 1915, spread to Australia by 1918, widespread since the 1940s.
Shot in the arm
Shot in the ass
Shot in the head
Shot in the mouth
Shot in the neck Since the 1800s.
Shot in the wrist
Shot the cat
Shot to ribbons Very drunk. RAF since circa 1939.
Shot under the wing See "Hit under the wing."
Shouting oneself hoarse A "shout" is a general invitation to drink, so to "shout oneself hoarse" is to get soused.
Showing one's booze
Showing one's drink(s)
Showing one's hobnails
Showing one's tipsiness
Shucked US college use. Usu. refers to marijuana, but applicable to booze.
Sighting the yellow star
Sinking like a rock
Sir Richard has taken off one's considering cap Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Six sails in the wind - Variation of "Six sheets in the wind." Probably coined by landlubbers who thought "sheets" mean the sails rather than the ropes that bind them.
Six sheets in the wind See "Three sheets in the wind."
Skating Exhilarated. May have originated as a drug term. Since circa 1955.
Skew-whiff Means "crooked," so may refer to a drunks leaning or staggering gait.
Skimished Derived from "Ishkimmish." Also, "skimmish" is vagrant slang for beer.
Skinful Cf. "Borracho."
Skrilla US college slang.
Skunk drunk See "Drunk as a skunk." Probably reinforced by "Stinking drunk."
Skunked Very drunk, "stinking" drunk.
Slambasted - "Slam(med)" plus "Lambasted."
Slathered Smothered in alcohol. Australian & US.
Slewed/Slued Off balance. To "slew" means to swing around or veer. British nautical, since the 1840s.
Slewed in ones hammock
Slightly draped US army slang.
Slightly tightly Slightly tipsy, not all-out drunk. British, late 1800s to early 1900s.
Slopped From general sloppiness of appearance, speech, movement, etc. Also, suggests liquid slopping out of an overfull glass.
Slopped to the ears
Slopped to the gills
Sloppy drunk Since the late 1800s.
Sloshed to the ears
Slug-nutty A relative of "Punch drunk." Reinforced by "slug" as in a drink or swallow of spirits.
Slugged Cf. "Several slugs behind the midriff."
Sluicing ones/the bolt
Sluicing ones/the dominoes Here "dominoes" are ones teeth.
Sluicing ones/the gob
Sluicing ones/the ivories
Sluicing the worries
Smashed Very drunk. To "smash a brandy peg" means to take a drink. "Smash" is brandy (any potent potable in the US) and water.
Smashed out of ones mind
Smashed to the gills
Smeekit Originally Scottish, may mean "smoked." British, 1800s.
Smelled the big cork
Smelling of liquor
Smelling of the cork
Smells like a still
Smells like a tap-room Appears in the writings of Anton Chekhov.
Smelt of an onion Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Smitten by the grape
Smurfed up - Possibly an allusion to the blues or "blue devils," since Smurfs are blue
SNAFU From the military acronym for "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up."
Snake-bitten "Snake poison" or "snake juice" is liquor, esp. bad whisky.
Snapped/Snapt Possibly a variation of "Schnapped."
Sniffed the barmaids apron One who "sniffs the barmaids apron" is one who gets drunk easily.
Sniffy To "sniff" means to drink strong booze.
Snockered/Snokkered From term for "sock" or "knock," or possibly from British dialect "snock," meaning a blow.
Snockered to the gills
Snuffy Tipsy. Possibly from this words meaning of "displeased." British & US, since the 1820s.
Snug Comfortable. Many English inns have a "snug bar," also called a "snug."
So From "So-so." British euphemism, since circa 1820.
So-so Unwell. Cf. "Ill," "Under the weather." Since the early 1800s.
Soaked Very inebriated. Since the 1700s.
Soaked in rye
Soaked it up
Soaked ones face
Soaked to the gills
Sobbed Cf. "Crying drunk," "Maudlin."
Sober as a judge on Friday Slightly tipsy. Because a judges work week ends on Friday. Patterned on the phrase "Sober as a judge."
Soberly challenged - Mock politically correct term.
Sold ones senses
Somebody stole ones rudder
Someone blew out ones pilot light Said person has lost all direction. US college use.
Soogeying the bulkhead To "soogey" means to scrub. Nautical.
Sore footed Cf. "Shoe pinches one," "Walking on rocky socks."
Sossled/Sosseled From "Sozzled."
Sotted in the main brace See "Has spliced the main brace."
Soul in soak Literally, soaking drunk. See "A soul." Nautical.
Soupy Sick from drinking. British, late 1800s to early 1900s.
Soused/Soust To "souse" is to drink to the point of intoxication. Extension of "souse," pickling brine or some thing pickled. Since the mid 1800s.
Soused to the ears
Soused to the gills
Southern-fried Elaboration of "Fried."
Sow drunk Cf. "Drunk as Davids sow." British, 1800s.
Sozzled Splashed. "Sozzle" means to mix or render moist in a sloppy manner. Since the late 1800s.
Spaced Probably originated as drug slang.
Spaced out Because drunks are often dazed or incoherent.
Speechless Very drunk. British, since the late 1800s.
Spiffed From either "Skew-whiff" or "Squiffed." Originally Scottish, has spread since the 1800s.
Spifflicated/Spiflicated Since the late 1700s.
Spiked From this words sense of "containing alcohol."
Spinning on the merry-go-round of cocktails
Spirited A reference to "spirits" as in potent potables.
Spitting feathers From the dryness of the mouth.
Spliced Possibly from "Has spliced the main brace."
Spoken with ones friend
Spoony drunk Drunk and melancholy or sentimental. 1800s.
Sprinkled Cf. "Dagged."
Sprung Slightly drunk. From term for a ship that has sprung a leak but is not sinking. British & US, since circa 1825.
Squashed Very drunk.
Squiffed Possibly from "Squiffy." British & US, since the late 1800s.
Squiffy May mean uneven or lopsided. Possibly from "Skew-whiff." British & US, since the 1870s.
Squiffy-eyed British, late 1800s.
Staggered by firewater
Stale drunk Intoxicated from the night before, or getting drunk again before one has recovered entirely from inebriation. Since the 1860s.
Standing too long in the sun Cf. "Has the sun in ones eyes." British.
Starched Cf. "Glued," "Stiff."
Starchy British, since the 1870s.
Stark raving drunk
Starting to feel good
Starting to feel pretty good
Starting to feel rosy
Starting to get lit up
Starting to glow
Starting to show ones drink
Starting to spoil US army slang.
Staying late at the office The idea is that a businessman is telling his wife he will be working late when in fact he is having drinks with his office buddies. Cf. "Detained on business."
Steamboats - Relatively recent derivation from "Steaming." Used in Scotland.
Steamed - Scottish slang
Steamed up Fighting drunk.
Stewed Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Stewed as a fresh boiled owl See "Drunk as a boiled owl."
Stewed as a prune
Stewed like a prune
Stewed, screwed and tattooed See "Screwed, blued and tattooed." Nautical.
Stewed to the ears
Stewed to the eyebrows Since the 1700s.
Stewed to the gills
Sticked "Stick" is potent potable added to another drink.
Stiff Passed out cold, or because one feels and/or looks like a corpse. Since the early 1700s.
Stiff as a board
Stiff as a carp
Stiff as a goat
Stiff as a plank
Stiff as a ramrod
Stiff as a ringbolt
Stingoed From British "stingo," strong ale.
Stinking Very drunk.
Stinking drunk Patterned on "stinking rich" rather than the stink of alcohol.
Stitched Cf. "Sewed up." Since the early 1700s.
Stole a Manchet/roll out of the brewers basket "Manchet" is an archaic word for a wheat loaf. Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Stolled British, possibly a form of "stolen," or from "stoll," to tipple. 1800s.
Stone cold drunk Suggests "dead drunk."
Stoned getting those grapes Drunk on wine
Stoned on the suds
Stoned out Cool talk since the 1940s.
Stoned out of ones mind
Stoned to a tilt Appears in Bernard Wolfs story "The Girl with the Rapid Eye Movements." Apparently refers to marijuana, but since "Stoned" can mean intoxicated with alcohol, presumably this phrase could mean "drunk" as well.
Stoned to the eyes As drunk as one can be.
Stoned to the gills
Stoned to the tits
Stonkered Out of action. Military use.
Stony/Stoney blind British variant of "Stone blind."
Stretched Very drunk.
Striking it down Nautical.
Strung-out Possibly from drug slang. Since the 1950s.
Stubbed Noted by Benjamin Franklin.
Stuccoed Elaboration of "Plastered."
Studding sails out
Stuffed Cf. "Full."
Stupid Very drunk. Widespread since the 1800s.
Subtle as a fox
Sucked "Suck" is wine or strong liquor, or a drink of spirits. British, 1800s.
Sucked the monkey In the lingo of sailors, the "monkey" was the cask that contained their liquor. To "suck the monkey" was to drink from this cask clandestinely with a straw through a small hole. Another method of sneaking a drink was to empty a coconut of its milk and refill it with booze. Today one can "suck the monkey" from any container. Dates from the 1800s. Cf. "Tapped the Admiral."
Sucky/Suckey British, 1600s to 1700s.
Suffering a swollen head
Suffing from M.B. See "M.B."
Suffering from the flu Cf. "Ill," "Under the weather."
Suffering no pain
Sun has been hot today Because, in Britain, a reaper might take some cider with him while working in the fields, and get drunker and drunker as he sought to slake his thirst.
Sun in the eyes See "Has the sun in ones eyes." British & US, since the 1800s.
Sun over the fore-yard
Sunk like a brick
Supercharged British & US, esp. aeronautical engineers, since circa 1926.
Sure feeling good
Sure nuff drunk
Sure tied one on
Surveying the highways A "surveyor of the highways" is someone who is reeling or rolling drunk.
Swallowed a hare Very drunk. Either because the hare (hair?) needs washing down, or because its jumping causes instability. British, late 1700s.
Swallowed a sailor Drunk on rum. Port and harbor use.
Swallowed a tavern token Late 1500s to 1700s.
Swamped/Swampt Sunk by too much liquid. Since the early 1700s.
Swatched Possibly from a Warwickshire term for a woman who is sloppily dressed. British, since the 1950s.
Swattled British & US, since the 1800s.
Swazzled/Swozzled Since the 1800s.
Swerved US college slang.
Swilliking - Said of a man who drinks till the liquor can be heard "swilking" around in his stomach. Appears in Francis Taylor's Folk-Speech of South Lancashire. In use up to at least 1901.
Swilled Since the 1800s.
Swine-drunk Heavily inebriated. Since the late 1500s.
Swinny Dizzy, giddy. British, late 1800s.
Swiped Since the 1800s.
Swipy/Swipey Tipsy. British, from circa 1844; rare by 1900.
Swively From the movement of a swivel. British & US, from the 1850s; now rare.
Swizzled Since the mid 1800s.
Swozzled Since the mid 1800s.
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