dipsomaniac

[ dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh- ]
/ ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ- /

noun

a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.

Origin of dipsomaniac

First recorded in 1855–60; dipsomani(a) + -ac

Related forms

dip·so·ma·ni·a·cal [dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dipsomaniac

dipsomaniac

/ (ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪˌæk) /

noun

any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcoholShortened form: dipso

adjective

relating to or affected with dipsomania

Derived Forms

dipsomaniacal (ˌdɪpsəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
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