from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking.
  • n. Excessive indulgence; intemperance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sickness or indisposition caused by excessive eating or drinking
  • n. intemperance; debauchery; excessive indulgence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sickness occasioned by intemperance; surfeit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Drunkenness; a surfeit, or the sickness following drunkenness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess


From crapulent, sick from gluttony, from Late Latin crāpulentus, very drunk, from Latin crāpula, intoxication, from Greek kraipalē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crapula. (Wiktionary)



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  • This is actually a word? What a magical intersection of entertainment and reality!

    August 24, 2011

  • Me too, and I just about died laughing when I heard it. Prime Simpsons, that.

    July 2, 2008

  • Mr. Burns "wallowing in my own crapulence" is the first time I'd ever heard this word.

    February 21, 2007