Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Words used to describe drinks

alcoholic

adjective

containing alcohol

black

adjective

coffee or tea that is black has no milk in it

carbonated

adjective

a carbonated drink has small bubbles of air in it

corked

adjective

corked wine tastes unpleasant because the cork in the bottle has been damaged and has allowed bacteria into the wine

decaffeinated

adjective

decaffeinated coffee or tea has had the caffeine (=a chemical substance that keeps you awake) removed

drinkable

adjective

safe to drink

dry

adjective

dry alcoholic drinks are not sweet

effervescent

adjective

producing a lot of small bubbles of air or gas

flat

adjective

a flat drink has lost its bubbles of gas, so that it does not taste good

full-bodied

adjective

a full-bodied wine, beer, etc. has a strong pleasant taste

iced

adjective

an iced drink is very cold and contains pieces of ice

intoxicating

adjective

capable of making you drunk

isotonic

adjective

an isotonic drink or other liquid replaces substances that your body needs but has lost, for example because you have done a lot of physical exercise

light

adjective

food or drink that is light has less fat or alcohol than other similar food or drink. This word is sometimes spelled lite on food labels

long

adjective

a long drink is one that is served in a tall glass

medium dry

adjective

medium dry wine or sherry is slightly sweet

neat

adjective

a neat alcoholic drink is served without any ice and is not mixed with any other liquid

nonalcoholic

adjective

a nonalcoholic drink does not contain alcohol

sparkling

adjective

sparkling drinks are full of bubbles

stiff

adjective

a stiff drink contains a lot of alcohol

still

adjective

without gas bubbles

straight

adjective

a drink that is straight is not mixed with anything else

tall

adjective

a tall drink is served in a tall glass or container and often consists of an alcoholic drink mixed with a lot of a drink that is not alcoholic

undrinkable

adjective

not safe to drink, or tasting too bad to drink

vintage

adjective

vintage wine is excellent in quality and was made several years ago

watered-down

adjective

a watered-down drink has been made weaker with water

weak

adjective

a weak liquid contains a lot of water and not much of a substance that gives it taste or strength

white

adjective

white tea or coffee has milk in it

on the rocks

if an alcoholic drink is served on the rocks, it is served with ice

straight up

without ice

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog