drink

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English drynken, from Old English drincan (to drink, swallow up, engulf), from Proto-Germanic *drinkaną (to drink), of uncertain origin; possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrenǵ- (to draw into one's mouth, sip, gulp), nasalised variant of *dʰreǵ- (to draw, glide). Cognate with West Frisian drinke (to drink), Low German drinken (to drink), Dutch drinken (to drink), German trinken (to drink), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål drikke (to drink), Norwegian Nynorsk drikka (to drink).

Verb[edit]

drink (third-person singular simple present drinks, present participle drinking, simple past drank or (southern US) drunk or (nonstandard) drinked, past participle drunk or (informal) drank or (nonstandard) drinked or (obsolete or nonstandard) drunken or (obsolete or nonstandard) dranken)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
    He drank the water I gave him.
    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
    • 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “Nouember. Aegloga Vndecima.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: [], London: Printed by Hugh Singleton, [], OCLC 606515406; republished as The Shepheardes Calender, [], imprinted at London: By Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, [], 1586, OCLC 837880809, folio 47, recto:
      [] There liues ſhee with the bleſſed Gods in bliſſe: / There drinks the Nectar with Ambroſia mixt []
    • c. 1859, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians, volume 1, page 341:
      It was he who proposed the bowl of punch, which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty’s room, and which Gumbo concocted with exquisite skill.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      That the young Mr. Churchills liked—but they did not like him coming round of an evening and drinking weak whisky-and-water while he held forth on railway debentures and corporation loans. Mr. Barrett, however, by fawning and flattery, seemed to be able to make not only Mrs. Churchill but everyone else do what he desired.
  2. (transitive, metonymically) To consume the liquid contained within (a bottle, glass, etc.).
    Jack drank the whole bottle by himself.
  3. (intransitive) To consume alcoholic beverages.
    You've been drinking, haven't you?
    No thanks, I don't drink.
    Everyone who is drinking is drinking, but not everyone who is drinking is drinking.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thackeray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv]:
      I drink to the general joy of the whole table, / And to our dear friend Banquo.
  4. (transitive) To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Let the purple violets drink the stream.
  5. (transitive) To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To smoke, as tobacco.
    • (Can we date this quote by Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And some men now live ninety years and past, / Who never drank tobacco first nor last.
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  • Chinese Pidgin English: drinkee, dlinkee
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English drink, drinke (also as drinche, drunch), from Old English drynċ, from Proto-Germanic *drunkiz, *drankiz. Compare Dutch drank.

Noun[edit]

drink (countable and uncountable, plural drinks)

  1. A beverage.
    I’d like another drink please.
  2. (uncountable, archaic) Drinks in general; something to drink
  3. A type of beverage (usually mixed).
    My favourite drink is the White Russian.
  4. A (served) alcoholic beverage.
    Can I buy you a drink?
  5. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
    He was about to take a drink from his root beer.
  6. Alcoholic beverages in general.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
    • 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times[2]:
      [] she was indeed Amanda in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  7. (colloquial, with the) Any body of water.
    If he doesn't pay off the mafia, he’ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the drink!
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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch drinken, from Middle Dutch drinken, from Old Dutch drinkan, from Proto-Germanic *drinkaną.

Verb[edit]

drink (present drink, present participle drinkende, past participle gedrink)

  1. to drink

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English drink.

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Noun[edit]

drink m, inanimate

  1. drink (a (mixed) alcoholic beverage)

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English drink.

Noun[edit]

drink c (singular definite drinken, plural indefinite drinks)

  1. drink; a (mixed) alcoholic beverage

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Dutch[edit]

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drink

  1. first-person singular present indicative of drinken
  2. imperative of drinken

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English drink.

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Noun[edit]

drink m (plural drinks)

  1. a reception or afterparty where alcohol is served

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English drink.

Noun[edit]

drink m (invariable)

  1. drink (served beverage and mixed beverage)
    Synonym: bevanda
    • 2013, Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella, La grande bellezza, written by Paolo Sorrentino, 01:39:42 from the start:
      Io berrò molti drink, ma non così tanti da diventare molesto.
      I'll drink many drinks, but not so many to become annoying.

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Low German[edit]

Verb[edit]

drink

  1. first-person singular of drinken

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From English drink.

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Noun[edit]

drink m inan

  1. drink (served alcoholic beverage)

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Further reading[edit]

  • drink in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • drink in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

drink m (plural drinks)

  1. Alternative form of drinque

Swedish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

drink c

  1. drink; a (mixed) alcoholic beverage

Declension[edit]

Declension of drink 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative drink drinken drinkar drinkarna
Genitive drinks drinkens drinkars drinkarnas

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