drinker

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋkə(r)

Noun[edit]

drinker (plural drinkers)

  1. Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
  2. 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.
  3. A device from which animals can drink.
    a bell drinker
    a nipple drinker
  4. (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.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch drinkere. Equivalent to drinken +‎ -er.

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drinker m (plural drinkers)

  1. One who drinks.
  2. A regular drinker of alcoholic beverages.
  3. (obsolete) A smoker.

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