- Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
- a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.
Origin of alcoholic
Examples from the Web for alcoholic
“No one set out to be an alcoholic,” Gil told writer Patrick Sisson.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
By the time Prohibition was on the menu, we were very much an “alcoholic Republic.”The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is manufactured by Sazerac, an alcoholic beverage company based in Metairie, La.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze
October 28, 2014
I did think you had to end up on skid row if you were an alcoholic.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
In St. Vincent, the actor plays a foulmouthed, alcoholic chain smoker with no regard for anyone but himself.Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character
September 6, 2014
This was undoubtedly a case of alcoholic blastophthoria and not ordinary heredity.The Sexual Question
The huge still continued to trickle forth its alcoholic sweat.
An alcoholic reek like that from old brandy casks issued from his mouth.
Do not drink beer or whisky, or any other alcoholic liquors.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
His garrulity might have an alcoholic basis, but his wits were clear enough.The Market-Place
- a person affected by alcoholism
- of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
Word Origin and History for alcoholic
1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."
- Related to or resulting from alcohol.
- Containing or preserved in alcohol.
- Suffering from alcoholism.
- A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.