Definition of breathalyser in English:

Share this entry

breathalyser

Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛθəlʌɪzə/
(also trademarkbreathalyzer)

noun

A device used by police for measuring the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath: [as modifier]: a breathalyser test proved negative
More example sentences
  • Still, the police insisted that the driver take a breathalyser test.
  • Rather like the roadside breathalyser used on drivers, the portable drug test yields results in a matter of minutes.
  • Police pulled him over and administered a breathalyser test, which he failed.

Origin

1960s: blend of breath and analyse, + -er1.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.