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dipsomaniac

[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ-/
noun
1.
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin of dipsomaniac
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; dipsomani(a) + -ac
Related forms
dipsomaniacal
[dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonym Study
See drunkard.
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Examples from the Web for dipsomaniac
Historical Examples
  • Why do they not ring the bell and remove the dipsomaniac prize-fighter?

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • I liked him very much, but, unlike most Mahomedans, he was a dipsomaniac.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • When he came up he was within arm's reach of the dipsomaniac.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • This physician finds from the evidence that Poe was a dipsomaniac.

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy
  • In England a spendthrift or dipsomaniac can only be controlled when he has spent all his money.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • Nelda is the nymphomaniac sister, and Geraldine is the dipsomaniac.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • He must no more trifle with the girl than a dipsomaniac with the brandy bottle!

    Home Again George MacDonald
  • Remember what I said as to the phenomena presented by the dreamer, the hypnotic subject, the dipsomaniac, the narcomaniac.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • I know now that he really was a dipsomaniac of a somewhat unusual kind.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon

    A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • The present Duke had none of the spirit or sense of his ancestors, and was, moreover, a dipsomaniac.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for dipsomaniac

dipsomaniac

/ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪˌæk/
noun
1.
any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcohol Shortened form dipso
adjective
2.
relating to or affected with dipsomania
Derived Forms
dipsomaniacal (ˌdɪpsəʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for dipsomaniac
n.

"drunkard," 1858, from dipsomania; slang shortening dipso is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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