an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops : a pint of beer | I'm dying for a beer.
• any of several other fermented drinks : [with adj. ] ginger beer.
beer and skittles [often with negative ] Brit. amusement or enjoyment : life isn't all beer and skittles.
Old English bēor, based on monastic Latin biber ‘a drink,’ from Latin bibere ‘to drink’ ; related to Dutch bier and German Bier.