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[dring-ker] /ˈdrɪŋ kər/
a person who drinks.
a person who drinks alcohol habitually or to excess.
Origin of drinker
before 950; Middle English drinkere, Old English drincere. See drink, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was a great gurgling and sucking in the darkness, followed by a gasp from the drinker.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Boche told of a carpenter he had known who had been a drinker of absinthe.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I dare say he is like his name—one of your father's cronies—a drinker and a swearer.

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
  • He was not a drinker at home, but in his discontent and disappointment he was tempted.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Very well, the lawyer will taste the wine, but I am no drinker.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Here is one, told to illustrate the cleverness of a drinker.

  • Its virtue depends, they say, on the drinker filling it himself; so you must learn to milk.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for drinker


a person who drinks, esp a person who drinks alcohol habitually
short for drinker moth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drinker

Old English drincere, agent noun from drink (v.). Specifically of consumers of alcoholic beverages from c.1200.

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