I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavoured with hops • a pint of beer
• [as modifier]
a beer bottle
• [ count noun]
he ordered a beer.
II. phrases beer and skittles [often with negative] —
(Brit.) amusement or enjoyment
• life isn’t all beer and skittles.
– origin Old English bēor, of West Germanic origin, based on monastic Latin biber ‘a drink’, from Latin bibere ‘to drink’; related to Dutch bier and German Bier.