dipsomaniac

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

noun

a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.

Nearby words

  1. dipsesis,
  2. dipshit,
  3. dipso,
  4. dipsogen,
  5. dipsomania,
  6. dipsomaniacal,
  7. dipsosis,
  8. dipsotherapy,
  9. dipstick,
  10. dipstick test

Origin of dipsomaniac

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

Related formsdip·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 Formsdipsomaniacal (ˌdɪpsəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

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Word Origin and History for dipsomaniac

dipsomaniac

n.

"drunkard," 1858, from dipsomania; slang shortening dipso is from 1880.

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