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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Related Words for drinker

alcoholic, souse, lush, boozer, wino, drunkard, guzzler, dipsomaniac

Examples from the Web for drinker

Contemporary Examples of drinker

Historical Examples of drinker

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for drinker



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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