alcoholic

[ al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik ]
/ ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk /

adjective

of, relating to, or of the nature of alcohol: The fermented milk has a mildly alcoholic flavor.
containing or using alcohol: The bar serves beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.
caused by alcohol: alcoholic fermentation.
of or like a person with alcoholism or alcohol use disorder: She hadn’t seen or spoken to her alcoholic aunt in over a decade.
preserved in alcohol: Tissue shrinking in alcoholic specimens did not affect nuclear composition.

noun

Sometimes Offensive. a person with alcoholism or alcohol use disorder; a person addicted to intoxicating drinks: He’s a self-described alcoholic.Prescription medications are available to help alcoholics get sober and stay that way.

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Origin of alcoholic

First recorded in 1780–90; alcohol + -ic

synonym study for alcoholic

6. See inebriate.

usage note for alcoholic

6. See addict.

OTHER WORDS FROM alcoholic

al·co·hol·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·al·co·hol·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alcoholic

alcoholic
/ (ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk) /

noun

a person affected by alcoholism

adjective

of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
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Medical definitions for alcoholic

alcoholic
[ ăl′kə-hôlĭk ]

adj.

Related to or resulting from alcohol.
Containing or preserved in alcohol.
Suffering from alcoholism.

n.

A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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