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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)

  1. Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
  2. Someone who drinks alcoholic beverages on a regular basis.
  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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