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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Pop culture had, in the past, spoofed and satirized the pretentious wine drinker. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019 So the majority of beer drinkers perusing store shelves or long lists of beers in bars might not know - or care about - the Platform sale. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Analysis: Will beer drinkers stick with Platform Beer Co. in light of sale?," 8 Aug. 2019 During a typical Chicago weekend, Friday through Sunday, an average of 19 underage drinkers went to Chicago hospitals in 2014. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "‘They don’t metabolize alcohol the same way as adults.’ Chicago ERs hope for fewer cases of underage drinking as Lollapalooza starts today.," 1 Aug. 2019 The results are just as enjoyable, probably even more so for the casual tea drinker, and can be much more affordable. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "How Dallas is dipping into the world of dark, funky, fermented teas," 26 July 2019 The company’s efforts to produce and make more inclusive stock photography available to the industry comes following in-house studies that reportedly determined non-white and female customers make up a large portion of craft beer drinkers. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Anheuser-Busch releases royalty-free beer photos to make up for lack of 'diversity and inclusion' in stock pics," 30 July 2018 The Pick Axe Blonde (4.9%) is a good entry-level option for newbie drinkers, with a clean finish. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Upper Peninsula: The top 7 breweries you must visit," 24 July 2019 Every whisky drinker—whether connoisseur or casual—needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 For consumers, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker. 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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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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