drink

drink (v.) O.E. drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, pp. druncen), from P.Gmc. *drengkan (Cf. O.S. drinkan, O.Fris. drinka, Du. drinken, O.H.G. trinkan, Ger. trinken, O.N. drekka, Goth. drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic. Most I.E. words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (Cf. Gk. pino, L. biber, Ir. ibim, O.C.S. piti, Rus. pit'; see IMBIBE (Cf. imbibe)). The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late O.E.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (Cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.

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