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[beer-ee] /ˈbɪər i/
adjective, beerier, beeriest.
of, like, or abounding in beer:
a stale, beery smell.
affected by or suggestive of beer:
beery exuberance; beery breath.
Origin of beery
First recorded in 1840-50; beer + -y1
Related forms
beeriness, noun Unabridged
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  • It's the storm may come on again waur nor ever, and mak it impossible to beery her for a month!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • "Because he can speak, of course," said the beery gentleman.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • There were beery chuckles from the reporters who were "covering" this effort.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • Thus, Anselm, the hedge priest, passing from group to group in beery exhortation.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • I have pleasant associations with the place, quite independent of the beery ones.

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • I will even lunch with you at the station—a station steak and a beery table.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • Only one adjective can possibly describe him—he was decidedly "beery."

    The White Road to Verdun

    Kathleen Burke
  • And so you will never know how she, the beery woman with the tangled blond hair, was once a girl on a farm in far-off New Jersey.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Some of the audience were beery, and disposed to ask beery questions.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume I (of 2)

    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for beery


adjective beerier, beeriest
smelling or tasting of beer
given to drinking beer
Derived Forms
beerily, adverb
beeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beery

1848, from beer (n.) + -y (2). Related: Beerily; beeriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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