From Middle English drinkere, drynkere, from Old English drincere (“drinker”), from Proto-Germanic *drinkārijaz (“drinker”), equivalent to drink + -er. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Drinker (“drinker”), West Frisian drinker (“drinker”), Dutch drinker (“drinker”), German Low German Drinker (“drinker”), German Trinker (“drinker”), Danish drikker (“drinker”), Swedish drickare, drinkare (“drinker”).
drinker (plural drinkers)
- Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
- Someone who drinks alcoholic beverages on a regular basis.
- 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 280:
- At a single table a couple of Chinese drinkers looked up incuriously.
- A device from which animals can drink.
- a bell drinker
- a nipple drinker
- (slang) A pub.
- 2011, Tony Black, Gutted, page 88:
- Antisocial behaviour? What the hell was that? In my day antisocial meant staying in to watch the footy on Scotsport instead of going down the drinker.
- (drunkard): alcoholic, souse, suck-pint; See also Thesaurus:drunkard
- (pub): boozer, local, watering hole; See also Thesaurus:pub
- (drunkard): nondrinker
drinker m (plural drinkers)