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drinking

[dring-king] /ˈdrɪŋ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suitable or safe to drink:
drinking water.
2.
used in drinking:
a drinking glass.
3.
addicted to or indulging excessively in alcohol:
Is he a drinking man?
4.
of or pertaining to the act of drinking, especially the drinking of alcohol:
a drinking companion.
noun
5.
habitual and excessive consumption of alcohol:
His drinking caused him to lose his job.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see drink, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
undrinking, adjective
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Word Origin and History for un drinking

drinking

n.

c.1200, drinkinge, verbal noun from drink (v.). Drinking problem "alcoholism" is from 1957; earlier was drinking habit (1899).

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