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1 a person who drinks liquids
2 a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess) [syn: imbiber, toper, juicer] [ant: abstainer]

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  1. Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
  2. Someone who drinks alcoholic beverages on a regular basis, especially when to an extent that is likely to impair his well-being.

Derived terms


one that drinks
regular drinker

Extensive Definition

The term drinker may refer to someone who drinks alcohol. It may describe someone who does so within limits, but typically indicates alcoholism.
Drinker (for Edward Drinker Cope) was a genus of hypsilophodont dinosaur from the late Jurassic period of North America. Although based on good remains, the lack of post-naming publications, combined with what Robert Bakker (one of its describers) has said and written about it, have led to some mystery surrounding this animal.


A relatively small dinosaur, Drinker was approximately 2 meters (6 feet) long and may have weighed up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds). It was a biped with short arms, a small head, and long, strong legs.


Drinker has sometimes been regarded informally as a possible synonym of contemporaneous Othnielia (now Othnielosaurus), but the latest reviews have kept it separate. It has usually been regarded as a "hypsilophodont" of uncertain but basal affinities; Phyllodon from the Late Jurassic of Portugal may have been related. Since 1990, little has been published on this genus.


Bakker (1990) described its environment as swampy (lungfish teeth and marsh vegetation were found in the area), and interpreted its broad feet with spreading toes as being well-suited to such an environment, especially compared to the narrow-footed stegosaurs and sauropods found elsewhere in the Morrison. He later claimed, in a 1993 television show and other venues, that the animal had been found in burrows, although this has not been addressed in print. If Drinker was indeed a burrower, it would be among the first known for dinosaurs; the only well-supported published case of a fossorial nonavian dinosaur is the more recently discovered, distantly related Oryctodromeus. Otherwise, it appears to have been like other basal ornithopods: a small bipedal herbivore. It lived alongside turtles, lungfish, and early mammals (Zofiabaatar, Foxraptor).


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