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 In India, a niche yet growing segment of drinkers is showing a preference for craft beer. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s biggest brewer has now developed a taste for craft beer," 12 Jan. 2020 The number of alcohol drinkers in the world has decreased by nearly 5% since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. Laura Reiley, The Denver Post, "Millennials have sparked a sober revolution, and alcohol brands are starting to notice," 27 June 2019 Their analysis found that regular tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of having heart disease and stroke, and a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Drinking green tea, rather than black, may help you live longer, new study suggests," 9 Jan. 2020 At the Round Up Bar in Lafayette, beer drinkers had to leave their barstools three hours before closing time when the power went out. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "As restorations begin, businesses from Lafayette to Sausalito struggle in dark," 11 Oct. 2019 Some drinkers have livers pink as kittens’ tongues. Ginny Lowe Connors And Christine Beck, courant.com, "CT Poets’ Corner: Christine Beck processes her memories through her poems as a healing tool," 18 Sep. 2019 The study found decaf drinkers had a 7% higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease as well. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Is coffee healthy or not? Here's how much you should drink — and how much is too much," 24 Aug. 2019 Dedicated beer-drinkers probably already have Oct. 3-5 circled on their calendars for the Great American Beer Festival, but today is likely circled on some calendars, too. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale today, and you might actually be able to snag some," 31 July 2019 Craft beer drinkers had their favorite and supported their brewery. oregonlive.com, "Oregon’s craft brewers have a problem: ‘There’s just too much beer out there’," 14 June 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinker. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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