Definition of drinker in English:



  • 1A person who drinks a particular drink.

    ‘coffee drinkers’
    • ‘Conversations with local coffee drinkers, however, seems to show that location is the most important factor in selecting a java joint.’
    • ‘Blood pressure went up in the non-coffee drinkers, but not in regular coffee drinkers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For dedicated coffee drinkers, no ‘instant’ stuff would do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just look at all the coffee drinkers and hamburger eaters.’
    • ‘But it doesn't raise the blood pressure of regular coffee drinkers.’
    • ‘Coffee drinkers have a 30 per cent lower risk of Parkinson's disease than non-drinkers.’
    • ‘Coffee drinkers in the Middle East usually add cardamom and spices.’
    • ‘To add to the problem many coffee drinkers have trouble sleeping.’
    • ‘My neighborhood needs a sidewalk cafe for all of us coffee drinkers to congregate.’
    • ‘And don't ever let a non-coffee drinker make your coffee.’
    • ‘However, assuming the effects are due to caffeine, tea drinkers as well as coffee drinkers will benefit, or suffer, alike.’
    • ‘But science gives coffee drinkers little reason to worry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These flavors, favorites among coffee and tea drinkers, entice the adult market.’
    • ‘While Australians were long known as tea drinkers, coffee and wine have become increasingly popular.’
    1. 1.1A person who drinks alcohol, especially to excess.
      ‘a heavy drinker’
      • ‘There are exactly two types of heavy drinkers: drunks and alcoholics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The controversial move is one aspect of a massive drive to get doctors to intervene with heavy drinkers before they become chronic alcoholics.’
      • ‘We hope the powers given to the police will help them combat nuisance and other problems caused by alcohol and street drinkers.’
      • ‘‘Limiting access to alcohol in underage drinkers is crucial in reducing attempted suicide figures,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police officers are cracking down on underage binge drinkers and alcohol-related violence, with target numbers of licensed premises to visit in a shift.’
      • ‘Their distributors are fighting back, bringing up arguments such as easy availability of alcohol to underage drinkers.’
      • ‘Street drinkers in designated alcohol-free zones who do not surrender their drinks when requested are liable to a £500 fine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Off-licences selling alcohol to underage drinkers could be targeted as tough tactics are adopted to stop teenage hoodlums terrorising a town.’
      • ‘Bolton is one of 77 key areas targeted by the government under a summer crackdown on binge drinkers and alcohol-fuelled violence.’
      • ‘Campaigners said the change to larger measures could mean drinkers unwittingly consuming more alcohol than they thought.’
      • ‘It means police can confiscate alcohol from drinkers and simply tip it down the drain.’
      • ‘A large number of individuals who do not meet diagnostic criteria for alcoholism are, nonetheless, heavy problem drinkers.’
      • ‘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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  • 2

    (also drinker moth)
    A large brownish European moth, the caterpillar of which bears irritant hairs and is noted for drinking dew.

    Euthrix potatoria, family Lasiocampidae

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

    ‘As your poultry drink from the drinker the level of water drops.’
    ‘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.’