- a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits.
Origin of workaholic
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Examples from the Web for workaholism
The Valley is a strange blend of workaholism and conspicuous consumption, hot tubs and traffic jams.From the Archives: Steve Jobs on the Birth of the Mac
October 6, 2011
All in a day's workaholism for Leno, whose aggressiveness in reaching for the brass ring knows few if any bounds.Don't Count Leno Out
November 3, 2009
- a person obsessively addicted to work
- (as modifier)workaholic behaviour
C20: from work + -holic, coined in 1971 by Wayne Oates, US author
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Word Origin and History for workaholism
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- One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.
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