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Nov 27, 2015
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Words to describe people

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stridulous
torpid
fastuous
impertinent
bibulous

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with Anu Garg

bibulous

PRONUNCIATION:
(BIB-yuh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Excessively fond of drinking. 2. Highly absorbent.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin bibere (to drink). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poi- (to drink), which also gave us potion, poison, potable, beverage, and Sanskrit paatram (pot). Earliest documented use: 1676.

USAGE:
“Sherlockians have always been a bibulous sort; one early gathering, as Dundas reports, saw the consumption of ‘96 cocktails, 243 scotches, 98 ryes, and 2 beers.’”
Daniel Stashower; Why Sherlock Holmes Endures; The Washington Post; Jul 10, 2015.

See more usage examples of bibulous in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer, and songwriter (27 Nov 1942-1970)

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