- suitable or safe to drink: drinking water.
- used in drinking: a drinking glass.
- addicted to or indulging excessively in alcohol: Is he a drinking man?
- of or relating to the act of drinking, especially the drinking of alcohol: a drinking companion.
- habitual and excessive consumption of alcohol: His drinking caused him to lose his job.
Origin of drinking
- to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
- to imbibe alcoholic drinks, especially habitually or to excess; tipple: He never drinks. They won't find jobs until they stop drinking.
- to show one's respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often followed by to): They drank to his victory.
- to be savored or enjoyed by drinking: a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
- to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
- to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
- to take in through the senses, especially with eagerness and pleasure (often followed by in): He drank in the beauty of the scene.
- to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
- to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event): to drink one's health.
- any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
- liquor; alcohol.
- excessive indulgence in alcohol: Drink was his downfall.
- a swallow or draft of liquid; potion: She took a drink of water before she spoke.
- Informal. a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually preceded by the): His teammates threw him in the drink.
Origin of drink
Synonyms for drinkSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk : Who has drunk all the milk? However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery. See also drunk.
Related Words for drinkinginhale, consume, sip, drain, gulp, guzzle, suck, quaff, slurp, toast, sponge, gargle, irrigate, slosh, swill, imbibe, absorb, swig, indulge, tipple
Examples from the Web for drinking
Contemporary Examples of drinking
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
The billionaire philanthropist tastes the product of a machine that processes human sewage into drinking water and electricity.Bill Gates Drinks Sewer Water
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of drinking
Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She also saw that Dick was abnormally excited, and suspected that he had been drinking.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was smoking his big briar and drinking a huge glass of brown beer.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
He had bit the heel of more than one man in his drinking bouts.Way of the Lawless
While she was drinking her second cup of tea her eyes kept roving.Weighed and Wanting
- to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
- (tr) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorbthis plant drinks a lot of water
- (tr usually foll by in) to pay close attention (to); be fascinated (by)he drank in the speaker's every word
- (tr) to bring (oneself into a certain condition) by consuming alcohol
- (tr often foll by away) to dispose of or ruin by excessive expenditure on alcoholhe drank away his fortune
- (intr) to consume alcohol, esp to excess
- (when intr, foll by to) to drink (a toast) in celebration, honour, or hope (of)
- drink someone under the table to be able to drink more intoxicating beverage than someone
- drink the health of to salute or celebrate with a toast
- drink with the flies Australian informal to drink alone
- liquid suitable for drinking; any beverage
- alcohol or its habitual or excessive consumption
- a portion of liquid for drinking; draught
- the drink informal the sea
Word Origin for drink
c.1200, drinkinge, verbal noun from drink (v.). Drinking problem "alcoholism" is from 1957; earlier was drinking habit (1899).
Old English drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit'; see imbibe).
The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.
In addition to the idioms beginning with drink
- drink like a fish
- drink to
- drive someone crazy (to drink)
- into the drink
- meat and drink to
- nurse a drink