[ beer-ee ]

adjective,beer·i·er, beer·i·est.
  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

First recorded in 1840–50; beer + -y1

Other words from beery

  • beer·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby beery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beery in a sentence

  • Finally, he waved—a quick flip of his right hand—and the cart wheeled around, the beery bleachers still chanting “A-LI!”

  • Sometimes he sings along with the animated bakers and cooks and gas stations at the top of his boyish beery baritone.

    Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
  • Falstaff, the beery lout, would be an impossible companion, and Prince Hal a tiresome young cub who wanted a good dressing-down.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler
  • The miller hauled his slow-moving team aside, with beery-thick objurgations and apologies.

  • By the beery dissipated crowd outside, I say, this obvious fact had been lost sight of.

    Days and Nights in London | J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Now and then she had suddenly landed on a slum, caught sight of, all beery and bloody, through the chink of a black lane.

    A Bed of Roses | W. L. George

British Dictionary definitions for beery


/ (ˈbɪərɪ) /

adjectivebeerier or beeriest
  1. smelling or tasting of beer

  2. given to drinking beer

Derived forms of beery

  • beerily, adverb
  • beeriness, noun

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