alcoholic

adjective
al·​co·​hol·​ic | \ ˌal-kə-ˈhȯ-lik How to pronounce alcoholic (audio) , -ˈhä- \

Definition of alcoholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or caused by alcohol an alcoholic odor
b : containing alcohol an alcoholic beverage
2 : affected with alcoholism

alcoholic

noun

Definition of alcoholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with alcoholism

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Other Words from alcoholic

Adjective

alcoholically \ ˌal-​kə-​ˈhȯ-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce alcoholic (audio) , -​ˈhä-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for alcoholic

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of alcoholic in a Sentence

Adjective a slightly more alcoholic wine She has an alcoholic uncle. Noun Her uncle is an alcoholic. one can be a social drinker without turning into an alcoholic
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Champagne grape juice will go through a first alcoholic fermentation, just like any wine. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Airlines are now beginning to bring those services back, including the reintroduction of alcoholic beverage sales on American Airlines flight in June to main cabin customers. Dallas News, 29 May 2021 Some stores are responding by selling alcoholic slushies and other drinks to in-store customers, some trade groups said. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Current rules require that alcoholic beverage sales end at 1 a.m. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Your Own Amaro: The ultimate alcoholic craft project is absolutely doable. Beth Segal, cleveland, 28 May 2021 But Nicky is an alcoholic and very depressed and doesn’t want any help from Jack’s kids. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 His father, an alcoholic journalist, abandoned the family when Pat was a preteen — and the Moynihans experienced one of the most dreaded forms of American poverty: falling out of the middle class. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Hirono describes her father as an abusive alcoholic and compulsive gambler. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This début novel opens with Amadeo, an unemployed alcoholic in small-town New Mexico, preparing to play Christ in a brutally realistic annual reënactment of the Crucifixion. The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 According to Cuban court records, Mr. Milanés was an alcoholic who depended on her financially. New York Times, 2 May 2021 According to Cuban court records, Milanés was an alcoholic who depended on her financially. BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2021 An Oklahoma native, Belew grew up the son of a preacher man, only Belew’s father also was an abusive alcoholic. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 During her questioning of the nominee, Klobuchar noted that her father, then 90, was a recovering alcoholic who still attended meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 Dear Annie: This is about the 40-year-old alcoholic with two kids who is refusing rehab. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2021 As a child of an alcoholic, she was forced to grow up quickly. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Dear Annie: This is about the 40-year-old alcoholic with two kids who is refusing rehab. cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of alcoholic

Adjective

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alcoholic was in 1789

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“Alcoholic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcoholic. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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alcoholic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alcoholic

: a person who frequently drinks too much alcohol and is unable to live a normal and healthy life : a person who is affected with alcoholism

alcoholic

adjective
al·​co·​hol·​ic | \ ˌal-kə-ˈhȯ-lik How to pronounce alcoholic (audio) , -ˈhä- \

Kids Definition of alcoholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or containing alcohol alcoholic drinks
2 : affected with alcoholism

alcoholic

noun

Kids Definition of alcoholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with alcoholism

alcoholic

adjective
al·​co·​hol·​ic | \ ˌal-kə-ˈhȯl-ik, -ˈhäl- How to pronounce alcoholic (audio) \

Medical Definition of alcoholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or caused by alcohol alcoholic hepatitis
b : containing alcohol
2 : affected with alcoholism

Other Words from alcoholic

alcoholically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce alcoholic (audio) \ adverb

alcoholic

noun

Medical Definition of alcoholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with alcoholism

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