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beery

[beer-ee] /ˈbɪər i/
adjective, beerier, beeriest.
1.
of, like, or abounding in beer:
a stale, beery smell.
2.
affected by or suggestive of beer:
beery exuberance; beery breath.
Origin of beery
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; beer + -y1
Related forms
beeriness, noun
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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

beery

/ˈbɪərɪ/
adjective beerier, beeriest
1.
smelling or tasting of beer
2.
given to drinking beer
Derived Forms
beerily, adverb
beeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beery
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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