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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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, especially when to an extent that is likely to impair his or her well-being.
  3. A device from which animals can drink.
    a bell drinker
    a nipple drinker
  4. (slang) 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 Scorsporl instead of going down the drinker.

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