Etymology
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drinking (n.)

late 12c., drinkinge, "the action of drinking," especially drinking for pleasure, verbal noun from drink (v.). Drinking problem "alcoholism" is by 1953; earlier was drinking habit (by 1825).

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Definitions of drinking

drinking (n.)
the act of consuming liquids;
Synonyms: imbibing / imbibition
drinking (n.)
the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess;
Synonyms: drink / boozing / drunkenness / crapulence
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