adjective, beer·i·er, beer·i·est.

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 formsbeer·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beery

Contemporary Examples of beery

Historical Examples of beery

  • 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.

  • There were beery chuckles from the reporters who were "covering" this effort.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for beery


adjective beerier or beeriest

smelling or tasting of beer
given to drinking beer
Derived Formsbeerily, adverbbeeriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beery

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

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