drink·​er | \ ˈdriŋ-kər How to pronounce drinker (audio) \

Definition of drinker

1a : one that drinks
b : a person who drinks alcoholic beverages especially to a notable degree a heavy drinker

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Examples of drinker in a Sentence

I'm not much of a drinker. Most of his friends are drinkers.
Recent Examples on the Web The whiskey boon globally has done nothing but help the casual and avid drinker alike. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: Cincinnati Reds' TV broadcasts won't be the same without Jeff Piecoro," 19 Feb. 2021 But my father has kind of turned into an Old-Fashioned drinker. Brad Japhe, WSJ, "Peyton Manning Ranks His Favorite Movie Quarterbacks," 23 Dec. 2020 The Keurig Elite Coffee Maker is a perfect choice for the coffee drinker who likes it either hot and cold. Outdoor Life, "Best Coffee Maker: How to Choose the Machine That’s Right for You," 22 Jan. 2021 For that clumsy drinker, this would make an excellent stocking stuffer. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Know someone who loves wine? These are the gifts for them," 11 Dec. 2020 Grab a bottle for your friend who isn’t a big drinker but loves the social act of clinking glasses together. Sunset Magazine, "11 Self-Care Gifts to Get Your Girls for Galentine’s Day," 19 Jan. 2021 In addition to this secular celebration of religious services, earlier books have offered guides on how to be a better teacher, music-, art- or animal lover; a better conservative and conservationist; and even a better wine drinker. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 The former naval air station on Alameda Island is now a drinker’s paradise, between Hangar One and St. George Spirits distilleries, Almanac Beer Co., Admiral Maltings and Faction Brewing. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "The 52 California wineries you need to visit in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 An Airbnb Experience will show you one of the coolest tricks any champagne drinker can learn. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "How to Saber Champagne for Your At-home New Year's Eve Party," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of drinker

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Drinker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinker. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drinker

: a person who drinks alcohol especially in large amounts
: a person who drinks a particular beverage

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