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[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ-/
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin of dipsomaniac
First recorded in 1855-60; dipsomani(a) + -ac
Related forms
[dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
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See drunkard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for dipsomaniac
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  • 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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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