Meaning

Primary

Alcoholic

Alternatives

Boozer, Drunkard

Word Type

noun

Explanation

You've seen 飲む, so you know this has to do with drinking alcohol. Someone who's known as someone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic, a boozer, or a drunkard.

Reading

さけのみ
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The readings are the vocab words お酒 and 飲む combined together into one. You can guess it's a kun'yomi reading because of the on the end of , which should make you think back to vocab words that use these kanji and the kun'yomi readings. If you can do that, you can read this word (and many others, probably!).

Context

Patterns of Use

Common Word Combinations

  • 大酒飲み

    a heavy drinker

Context Sentences

子どものくせにスルメがすきだなんて、こりゃぁこの子はしょう来酒飲みになるねぇ。

He likes dried cuttlefish, even though he is a kid, eh? He could be a boozer in the future.

コウイチはお酒は好きだけど、酒飲みってほどじゃあないですよ。

Koichi likes drinking, but he isn't like an alcoholic.

彼は大酒飲みだが、赤ワインが苦手だ。

He’s a heavy drinker but he doesn’t like red wine.

Kanji Composition