Definition of drinker in English:



  • 1A person who drinks a particular drink.

    ‘coffee drinkers’
    • ‘For dedicated coffee drinkers, no ‘instant’ stuff would do.’
    • ‘To add to the problem many coffee drinkers have trouble sleeping.’
    • ‘And don't ever let a non-coffee drinker make your coffee.’
    • ‘Coffee drinkers have a 30 per cent lower risk of Parkinson's disease than non-drinkers.’
    • ‘Until manufacturers find a way to keep the flavour fresh for longer - and believe me, they're trying - instant coffee drinkers would do well not to buy big jars.’
    • ‘My neighborhood needs a sidewalk cafe for all of us coffee drinkers to congregate.’
    • ‘On one day, the coffee drinkers were given a 250-milligram dose of caffeine in the morning and again at lunchtime, equivalent to four cups of coffee in total.’
    • ‘Blood pressure went up in the non-coffee drinkers, but not in regular coffee drinkers.’
    • ‘Conversations with local coffee drinkers, however, seems to show that location is the most important factor in selecting a java joint.’
    • ‘Coffee drinkers in the Middle East usually add cardamom and spices.’
    • ‘But it doesn't raise the blood pressure of regular coffee drinkers.’
    • ‘These flavors, favorites among coffee and tea drinkers, entice the adult market.’
    • ‘But can Starbucks convert a nation of tea drinkers over to coffee?’
    • ‘Pewter mugs and tankards were the main vessels for dispensing beer, but the metal did not appeal to drinkers of coffee and tea.’
    • ‘A series of recent experiments in America showed that immune system blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs than the blood cells of coffee drinkers.’
    • ‘As a nation of tea and coffee drinkers (not to mention all that heart-healthy red wine), our teeth take a battering and frequently end up stained or discoloured.’
    • ‘But science gives coffee drinkers little reason to worry.’
    • ‘While Australians were long known as tea drinkers, coffee and wine have become increasingly popular.’
    • ‘Just look at all the coffee drinkers and hamburger eaters.’
    • ‘However, assuming the effects are due to caffeine, tea drinkers as well as coffee drinkers will benefit, or suffer, alike.’
    1. 1.1 A person who drinks alcohol, especially to excess.
      ‘a heavy drinker’
      • ‘More than a third of drinkers said they got alcohol from an older person while more than a half said they obtained alcohol in a pub, off-licence or club.’
      • ‘No-alcohol zones are being introduced as a result of new legislation, which gives police the powers to seize alcohol and charge nuisance drinkers with a criminal offence.’
      • ‘‘Limiting access to alcohol in underage drinkers is crucial in reducing attempted suicide figures,’ he said.’
      • ‘Police officers are cracking down on underage binge drinkers and alcohol-related violence, with target numbers of licensed premises to visit in a shift.’
      • ‘The controversial move is one aspect of a massive drive to get doctors to intervene with heavy drinkers before they become chronic alcoholics.’
      • ‘Bolton is one of 77 key areas targeted by the government under a summer crackdown on binge drinkers and alcohol-fuelled violence.’
      • ‘Off-licences selling alcohol to underage drinkers could be targeted as tough tactics are adopted to stop teenage hoodlums terrorising a town.’
      • ‘There are exactly two types of heavy drinkers: drunks and alcoholics.’
      • ‘Street drinkers in designated alcohol-free zones who do not surrender their drinks when requested are liable to a £500 fine.’
      • ‘Their distributors are fighting back, bringing up arguments such as easy availability of alcohol to underage drinkers.’
      • ‘Rates of injury and injury-related death have been shown to be elevated substantially in samples of heavy drinkers and alcoholics.’
      • ‘Many assumed that heart failure among Western heavy alcohol drinkers was due to associated nutritional deficiency states.’
      • ‘A large number of individuals who do not meet diagnostic criteria for alcoholism are, nonetheless, heavy problem drinkers.’
      • ‘It means police can confiscate alcohol from drinkers and simply tip it down the drain.’
      • ‘Campaigners said the change to larger measures could mean drinkers unwittingly consuming more alcohol than they thought.’
      • ‘We hope the powers given to the police will help them combat nuisance and other problems caused by alcohol and street drinkers.’
      • ‘At the other end of the scale are people who become heavy drinkers often because they get little effect from alcohol and initially also get few side effect or hangovers.’
      • ‘On inquiry, the establishment explained that they are indeed sorry for being rude but that there are a lot of problems with under-age drinkers demanding alcohol.’
      • ‘In my experience, most habitual heavy drinkers are well aware that alcohol does not have a beneficial effect on their health, but reminding them of this does not inhibit their consumption.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the largest program for problem drinkers, Alcoholics Anonymous, works squarely against shy people.’
      drunkard, drunk, inebriate, imbiber, tippler, sot, heavy drinker, hard drinker, serious drinker, problem drinker
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  • 2A large brownish European moth, the caterpillar of which bears irritant hairs and is noted for drinking dew.

    Euthrix potatoria, family Lasiocampidae

    • ‘Drinker moths are fairly widespread throughout Britain.’
    • ‘Male drinker moths, seen in July, are large and reddish-brown with orange veins running through the wings.’
  • 3A container from which an animal can drink.

    • ‘When a thirsty bird sees the residual drop of water on the pin, it knows that it should go to the drinker to get water.’
    • ‘As your poultry drink from the drinker the level of water drops.’