2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc. Small beer, weak beer; (fig) insignificant matters. "To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer."
Origin: OE. Beor, ber, AS. Beor; akin to Fries. Biar, Icel. Bjrr, OHG. Bior, D. & G. Bier, and possibly E. Brew. 93, See Brew.
(01 Mar 1998)
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