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[uh-lur-jik] /əˈlɜr dʒɪk/
of or relating to allergy:
an allergic reaction to wool.
having an allergy.
Informal. having a strong dislike or aversion:
He's allergic to most modern music.
Origin of allergic
First recorded in 1910-15; allerg(y) + -ic
Related forms
unallergic, adjective Unabridged
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  • We were allergic to women from their nylon hose to their face powder.

    Homesick Lyn Venable
  • They're allergic to the critters, the trees, the natives—to everything here.

    Sugar Plum

    Reginald Bretnor
  • Others have allergic reactions to certain foods; some allergic reactions appear to be subtle, affecting a person's moods.

  • He also was allergic to nearly everything and was always sneezing at the wrong time, just when we were supposed to be quiet.

  • Lindsay had seen too much of allergic reactions since reaching Earth not to know he was looking at another.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for allergic


of, relating to, having, or caused by an allergy
(informal) (postpositive) foll by to. having an aversion (to): he's allergic to work
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Word Origin and History for allergic

1911, from allergy + -ic; cf. French allergique (1906). Figurative use, "antipathetic, repulsed" is from 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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allergic in Medicine

allergic al·ler·gic (ə-lûr'jĭk)

  1. Of, caused, or characterized by an allergy.

  2. Having an allergy or exhibiting an allergic reaction to a substance.

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Slang definitions & phrases for allergic



Having a strong aversion to something or somebody usually jocular: Teachers have that effect on me. Quite frankly, I am allergic to them (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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