a combining form extracted from alcoholic, occurring as the final element in compounds, often facetious nonce words, with the sense “a person who has an addiction to or obsession with some object or activity”: workaholic; chargeaholic.

Nearby words

  1. -aemia,
  2. -age,
  3. -agog,
  4. -agogue,
  5. -agra,
  6. -aire,
  7. -al,
  8. -ales,
  9. -algia,
  10. -algy

Also -holic.

Origin of -aholic

by extraction, with a replacing o as the spelling of the unstressed vowel

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Word Origin and History for -aholic


word-forming element abstracted from alcoholic; first in sugarholic (1965), foodoholic (sic., 1965); later in workaholic (1968), golfaholic (1971), chocoholic (1971), and shopaholic (1984).

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