[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for drinker


/ (ˈdrɪŋkə) /


a person who drinks, esp a person who drinks alcohol habitually
short for drinker moth
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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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