Town drunk

The depraved inhabitants of a tavern, from a nineteenth-century temperance play.

The town drunk (also called a tavern fool) is a stock character, almost always male, who is drunk more often than sober.

Uses in fiction

In fiction, the town drunk character serves a number of functions.


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