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alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of alcohol.
  2. containing or using alcohol.
  3. caused by alcohol.
  4. suffering from alcoholism.
  5. preserved in alcohol.
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noun
  1. Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
  2. a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.
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Origin of alcoholic

First recorded in 1780–90; alcohol + -ic
Related formsal·co·hol·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·al·co·hol·ic, adjectivesem·i·al·co·hol·ic, adjective

Synonym study

6. See drunkard.
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Related Words for alcoholic

fermented, inebriant, souse, tippler, lush, inebriate, boozer, wino, sot, dipsomaniac, hard, distilled, vinous

Examples from the Web for alcoholic

Contemporary Examples of alcoholic

Historical Examples of alcoholic

  • This was undoubtedly a case of alcoholic blastophthoria and not ordinary heredity.

  • The huge still continued to trickle forth its alcoholic sweat.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • An alcoholic reek like that from old brandy casks issued from his mouth.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Do not drink beer or whisky, or any other alcoholic liquors.

  • His garrulity might have an alcoholic basis, but his wits were clear enough.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic


British Dictionary definitions for alcoholic

alcoholic

noun
  1. a person affected by alcoholism
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol
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Word Origin and History for alcoholic

adj.

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

alcoholic in Medicine

alcoholic

(ăl′kə-hôlĭk)
adj.
  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.
  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.
  3. Suffering from alcoholism.
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n.
  1. A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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