[wurk-uh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]


a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits.

Nearby words

  1. work-study program,
  2. work-to-rule,
  3. work-up,
  4. workable,
  5. workaday,
  6. workaround,
  7. workbag,
  8. workbasket,
  9. workbench,
  10. workboat

Origin of workaholic

First recorded in 1965–70; work + -aholic

Related formswork·a·hol·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for workaholic



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

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for workaholic




One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.

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