Definition of beer in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɪə


[mass noun]
  • An alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavoured with hops: a pint of beer [as modifier]: a beer bottle [count noun]: he ordered a beer
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    • Brewers use several methods to produce beers and lagers with low alcohol content.
    • They decide to spend a long weekend, catching up and drinking beers, as snow falls.
    • We drank a few beers and Bill loved it: Ada was exactly as he thought my friends would be.
    ale, beverage, brew
    informal jar, pint, booze, wallop, sherbet
    Australian/New Zealand hop


beer and skittles

[often with negative] British Amusement or enjoyment: life isn’t all beer and skittles
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  • As we well know, the writer's life is all beer and skittles, answerable to no-one, making vast fortunes from every stroke of the pen… and those fabulous public engagements, reading to masses of adoring fans.
  • Long term intense relationships have parts where you have to work at it - it ain't all beer and skittles.
  • And as he said, working in China isn't all beer and skittles.


Old English bēor, of West Germanic origin, based on monastic Latin biber 'a drink', from Latin bibere 'to drink'; related to Dutch bier and German Bier.

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