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”).
- Rhymes: -ɪŋkə(r)
drinker (plural drinkers)
- Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
- Someone who drinks alcoholic beverages on a regular basis, especially when to an extent that is likely to impair his or her well-being.
- A device from which animals can drink.
- a bell drinker
- a nipple drinker
- (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.