Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tippler; a person given to drinking: chiefly used in composition: as, a wine-bibber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One given to drinking alcoholic beverages too freely; a tippler; -- chiefly used in composition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One given to drinking alcoholic beverages too freely; a tippler.

Etymologies

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1530s, bib (“drink heartily”) +‎ -er (“(agent)”) (see bib ("clothing to prevent spills from mouth")) or from bibben.

Examples

  • And the beginning of Flush of Gold is the old French wine-bibber, for he was the father of Marie Chauvet, and Marie Chauvet was the

    Flush of Gold

  • Malken can get poetically drunk, and usually does, on one cocktail; Aaron Hancock is an expert wine-bibber; and Terrence McFane, knowing little of one drink from another, and caring less, can put ninety-nine men out of a hundred under the table and go right on lucidly expounding epicurean anarchy.

    CHAPTER X

  • I don't want a biography of your old French wine - bibber.

    Flush of Gold

  • A few of us, goes on the revered hemlock-bibber, desire naught else in life but to become the Encyclopaedia Britannica - and sit complete, bound in ebony, on a shelf.

    On Being a Philosopher

  • Apparently Queen Chrissie has put our Supreme court on notice that they'll be "turned out" if they don't go along with bigger and bibber government (all for the glory of egotistical leftist, like Gregoire).

    Sound Politics: Sanders to Gregoire: "Hands off these elections"

  • Your legs reflect the fact that you're an obsessive cyclist in the same way a smoker's brown teeth identify him as an addict, or a wine-bibber's stained lips identify him as a slightly more socially acceptable drunk.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The Caliph was charmed with them and drank thereto, albeit he was no confirmed wine-bibber, saying,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “O my wine-bibber and a rebel against Him to whom belong creation and commandment?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Well, it might be so, Mr. Tatham hoped so — but the father, Tatham knew personally — a man of the worst character, a wine-bibber and an idler in taverns and billiard-rooms, and a notorious insolvent.

    The History of Pendennis

  • 'They will not linger long: Sir Philip Nunnely is no wine-bibber, and I hear him just now pass from the dining-room to the drawing-room.'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

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