non·​drink·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈdriŋ-kər How to pronounce nondrinker (audio) \

Definition of nondrinker

: a person who abstains from alcoholic beverages

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nondrinking \ ˌnän-​ˈdriŋ-​kiŋ How to pronounce nondrinking (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for nondrinker


abstainer, teetotaler (or teetotaller), teetotalist


bibber, drinker

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Examples of nondrinker in a Sentence

a variety of nonalcoholic drinks for the nondrinkers at the party

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For years, nondrinkers were the vegetarians of the bar world: neglected by menus, eye-rolled by servers, forced to settle for soda. M. Carrie Allan, Twin Cities, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 19 Aug. 2019 This discourages nondrinkers and minors, who aren’t allowed inside, from taking up the game. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Plus, women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day — that's 10 to 15 ounces — have a 15 percent lower risk of depression than nondrinkers, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012 Overall, the group included 270 nondrinkers, 614 moderate drinkers and 160 heavy drinkers. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Drinkers have more bad mouth bacteria, study finds," 23 Apr. 2018 Some gulp with pickles still in the jar, irking nondrinkers. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Done Hiding Their Shameful Secret, Pickle-Juice Drinkers Go Public," 28 June 2018 The mouths of people who routinely drank one or more alcoholic beverages each day contained an overabundance of bad bacteria and a smaller amount of good bacteria than those of nondrinkers, new research has found. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Drinkers have more bad mouth bacteria, study finds," 23 Apr. 2018 With an area stocked with low tables for children, this beer hall is particularly suited for drinkers and nondrinkers alike. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 The team plotted the results on graphs to better see which bacteria stood out among the drinkers in comparison with nondrinkers. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Drinkers have more bad mouth bacteria, study finds," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nondrinker

1899, in the meaning defined above

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to make a temporary encampment

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