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 Former President Donald Trump, an avid drinker of Diet Coke, responded to Quincey’s remarks by calling for a boycott. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Woke-A-Cola': Coke facing blowback for resistance to Georgia voting law," 6 Apr. 2021 It’s the craft beer drinker, but also the person that's leading an active lifestyle. Chris Furnari, Forbes, "Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione Discusses New Oat Milk IPA, Craft Beer Innovation," 27 Feb. 2021 And still others made the obvious point: Even if there were subtle differences, would the average drinker really be able to tell? Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to preserve a wine bottle after opening it? Our wine critic says don't worry about fancy devices," 4 Mar. 2021 In addition to being a beloved and influential preacher, the Rev. C.L. Franklin was a drinker, a bully and a shameless philanderer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: National Geographic’s Aretha Franklin miniseries misses its groove," 19 Mar. 2021 But there’s a moment before incapacitation, but after considerable consumption, where a drinker’s thoughts seem to sharpen, heighten, and laser in, and that’s the state Lafferty sustains, somewhat impossibly, in his prose. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?," 3 Mar. 2021 For the sole coffee drinker in the house: Keurig Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Maker Know a giftee who's the only one in the household drinking coffee? Josh Grant, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts you can buy from Home Depot," 30 Oct. 2020 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

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First Known Use of drinker

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

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15 Apr 2021

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“Drinker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinker. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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