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[wurk-uh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]
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  1. a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits.
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Origin of workaholic

First recorded in 1965–70; work + -aholic
Related formswork·a·hol·ism, noun
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Related Words for workaholic

laborer, toiler, servant, worker, grind, peon, menial, workhorse, plodder, workaholic, factotum

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British Dictionary definitions for workaholic


    1. a person obsessively addicted to work
    2. (as modifier)workaholic behaviour
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Word Origin for workaholic

C20: from work + -holic, coined in 1971 by Wayne Oates, US author
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Word Origin and History for workaholic


1968, coined from work (n.) with second element abstracted absurdly from alcoholic. This sets up the old Rodney Dangerfield joke: "My old man was a workaholic: every time he thought about work, he got drunk."

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workaholic in Medicine


  1. One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.
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