[byoo-lim-ik, -lee-mik, boo-, buh-]


pertaining to, resembling, or affected by bulimia.


a person suffering from bulimia.

Nearby words

  1. bulger,
  2. bulgur,
  3. bulgy,
  4. bulimarexia,
  5. bulimia,
  6. bulk,
  7. bulk buying,
  8. bulk carrier,
  9. bulk mail,
  10. bulk modulus

Also bu·lim·i·ac [byoo-lim-ee-ak, -lee-mee-, boo-, buh-] /byuˈlɪm iˌæk, -ˈli mi-, bu-, bə-/.

Origin of bulimic

1850–55; bulim(y) earlier form of bulimia + -ic, or bulimi(a) + -ac

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for bulimiac



1854, "voracious;" see bulimia + -ic. Meaning "suffering from bulimia nervosa" is recorded from 1977. The noun in this sense is from 1980.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper