American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking.
- v. To drink excessively.
- n. Carousal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hearty drink or full draught of liquor: as, to quaff or drink carouse.
- n. A carousal; a noisy banquet.
- n. Synonyms See carousal.
- To drink freely and with jollity; revel noisily or intemperately.
- To drink up; drink to the bottom.
- v. intransitive To engage in a noisy or drunken social gathering.
- v. intransitive To drink to excess.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A large draught of liquor.
- n. A drinking match; a carousal.
- v. To drink deeply or freely in compliment; to take part in a carousal; to engage in drunken revels.
- v. Archaic To drink up; to drain; to drink freely or jovially.
- n. revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
- v. engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
- From Middle French carousser ("to quaff, drink, swill"), from German gar aus ("quite out"), from gar austrinken ("to drink up entirely, guzzle"). More at drink. (Wiktionary)
- German garaus, all out, drink up : gar, completely (from Middle High German, from Old High German garo) + aus, out, up; see auslander. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Puzzled and alarmed, shaking his head ruefully as he recalled the carouse of the silent, he hobbled down the mountain as fast as he might for the grip of the rheumatism on his knees and elbows, and entered his native village.”
“The carouse was a tremendous one, as usually was the case where Hollock was the Amphitryon, and, as the potations grew deeper, an intention became evident on the part of some of the company to behave unhandsomely to Norris.”
“LEE: Well, you know, someone pointed out to me -- it ` s sort of like -- why not like -- if you want to kind of carouse around, why not just be like George Clooney and stay single?”
“Though rumor has it that this section of the city is on the cusp of gentrification, Pilsen is still largely a neighborhood of empty lots and boarded-up buildings, where gangs roam after midnight, and groups of men congregate on street corners to drink and carouse.”
“The four of them carouse, sing raucous songs and reminisce about old times.”
“Only about a quarter of those who attended the party chose to suit up, grab a sword and take part in the class, while the rest continued to carouse.”
“He preferred to drink and carouse rather than to rule, and his wife, Nur Jahan, took on the responsibility of the state.”
“Does little Catherine Sedley wear your clothes and carouse with you all late into the night?”
“But just as their neighborhood was becoming safer and cleaner, an influx of new bars, clubs and cheap hotels has brought a new irritant: hordes of barhopping 20-somethings who carouse until the wee hours.”
“That may not necessarily be her fault though, considering the king often chooses to publicly carouse with other ladies, ignoring her.”
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