boozer

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From booze +‎ -er.

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boozer ‎(plural boozers)

  1. (colloquial) One who drinks habitually; a drunkard.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman, Faithfully Presented, 1963, page 25,
      “Tess is a fine figure o′ fun, as I said to myself today when I zeed her vamping round parish with the rest,” observed one of the elderly boozers in an undertone.
    • 1918, Charles Stelzle, Why Prohibition!, 2008, page 49,
      But they have only one insurance rate for ordinary men — drinkers and non-drinkers, and they compel the man who doesn′t booze to make up for the extra amount that the boozer should pay.
    • 2009 November, Neville Franks, The Lost Boy of the Ozarks, Backpacker, page 82,
      Every swig made me more relaxed, and happy, and I was definitely a boozer again, and I wondered why I had ever thought I wasn't a boozer and I took another pull and I was going to clap BC on the back and thank him for being such a good hotel manager, and faithful guide, for being my friend, and then I passed out.
  2. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A public house, pub.
    During the week, the players were just as likely to be spotted out together in a local pub such as the Four in Hand. It was even known for them to frequent the Marksman off Carters Green, one of the town’s roughest boozers.[1]
  3. (Britain, military, obsolete) A World War II fighter radar detector, fitted to British bombers.
  4. (Africa) A vehicle equipped with tanks for supplying water to remote locations.
    • 2010 June 8, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), page 2,
      Mr. Mututho: Mr. Speaker, Sir, the Assistant Minister should assure the people of Vihiga that they will get a water boozer because the sick people are not party to this complication. Could he assure the people that he can send a boozer in his capacity even if he cannot supply power or a standby generator, so that they can have a small well?

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