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.

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That's almost enough to fill a 2 liter bottle—which even the most diligent water-drinkers may find daunting. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 Milanese coffee drinkers will have to wait a little to get their first local Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "After 25,000 Stores in 78 Countries, Starbucks Turns to Italy," 6 Sep. 2018 The goal was to follow the two groups for six years on average to see if moderate drinkers have fewer heart attacks and strokes, and lower odds of death and diabetes. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Major Study of Drinking Will Be Shut Down," 15 June 2018 MENOMONEE FALLS - Beer drinkers will have another weekend day to imbibe at a beer garden with the announcement of the new Depot Beer Garden at Old Falls Village Historical Park. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Another beer garden set to open in Menomonee Falls," 8 May 2018 That light meant drinkers headed home to St. Bernard Parish had time for one more round. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Do you remember Huerstel's? A lost New Orleans bar and restaurant," 18 Apr. 2018 Many observational studies have found that moderate drinkers have less heart disease and outlive those who don’t drink at all. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins to continue with international alcohol study despite criticism about funding," 31 Mar. 2018 Last week, workers were welding and polishing the shiny stainless steel brewing vessels, which drinkers will have the chance to gawk at and walk between in the brewery. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "‘Beer’s the hero.’ One of the biggest breweries in Charlotte is set to open soon. | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018 Luckily, Calgione says curious drinkers won’t have to do the same. Emily Price, Fortune, "Dogfish Head's New Beer Contains the Active Ingredients in Mace Pepper Spray," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of drinker

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

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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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