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 There’s a growing interest in imbibing less — or at least having more, better non-alcoholic options — in today’s generation of social drinkers. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 2 Jan. 2020 Haus cofounder and co-CEO Helena Price Hambrecht told CNN Business that their bottled cocktail company was created for what a new generation of drinkers want — a drink with natural ingredients and lower alcohol content. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Beer is slipping. Here's what Americans are drinking instead," 6 Dec. 2019 While the number of drinkers in jolly red suits usually surpasses 1,000 at this costumed crawl, there’s plenty of cocktails to go around. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "SantaCon’s tipsy Santas are stumbling to town in Fort Lauderdale and Miami," 6 Dec. 2019 Sophisticated spirits and craft beers are turning a nation of binge drinkers into connoisseurs. 1843, "The case against hard seltzer," 27 Sep. 2019 Yet Zima, despite strong sales and nearly half of American alcohol drinkers having tried it, was met largely with ridicule: David Letterman, for instance, made a habit of parodying it as a drink for effeminate weirdos. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "It’s the unofficial drink of summer 2019, but the cheap, low-cal, gender-neutral canned cocktail has serious staying power.," 20 Aug. 2019 The name tusu is said to reference the drink’s ability to protect the drinker from ghosts. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "Nine Delicious Holiday Drinks From Around the World," 20 Dec. 2019 After all, any real wine drinker will know that exposure to light and heat will affect flavor, so any outdoorsy connoisseur is sure to appreciate this gift. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "10 last-minute gifts you can save on at REI right now," 17 Dec. 2019 Kings and Convicts, which opened in Highwood in 2017, is a tiny brewery unknown to most Chicago beer drinkers. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Ballast Point sold to tiny suburban Chicago brewery Kings and Convicts in beer industry stunner," 27 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinker. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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