near beer



any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than ½ percent.

Nearby words

  1. neapolitan,
  2. neapolitan ice cream,
  3. neapolitan sixth,
  4. near,
  5. near at hand,
  6. near east,
  7. near field communication,
  8. near gale,
  9. near islands,
  10. near miss

Origin of near beer

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for near beer

  • Only wonder of nature I ever saw in Schoenstrom was my friend Mac trying to think he was soused after a case of near-beer.

    Free Air|Sinclair Lewis