alcoholic

adjective
al·co·hol·ic | \ ˌal-kə-ˈhȯ-lik , -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 \-li-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for alcoholic

Synonyms: Noun

drinker, drunk, drunkard, inebriate

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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

Ash faces an additional disorderly conduct charge, Whitmore-Ash faces a charge of obstruction of law enforcement officers and Whitmore faces a charge of furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "VIDEO: Parents allegedly buy minors beer at Brookhaven theater, then lie to cops," 12 July 2018 Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon last year in a $13.7 billion deal, also began delivering groceries and alcoholic beverages to Amazon Prime members last month. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Whole Foods to open Houston’s first 365 concept store in August," 11 July 2018 The event started in 1981 after teenagers were stealing alcoholic beverages from stores on Livernois Avenue. Chandra Fleming And Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Ice Cube surprises thousands during Metro Detroit Youth Day at Belle Isle," 11 July 2018 The liver drug, called IONIS-AZ6-2.5-LRx, treats non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ionis earns $30 million upfront in third deal with AstraZeneca," 9 Apr. 2018 Cancer patients often give up on flavorful foods and alcoholic drinks during chemotherapy, but in the Czech Republic, where beer is the national beverage, one company is raising awareness for the palate changes that affect oncologic patients. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Czech beer brewed to aid cancer patients with loss of taste, appetite," 10 July 2018 Dodd bought her alcoholic drinks, the documents said, and took her to a friend’s apartment in College Park. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Former Maryland men's basketball starter Damonte Dodd indicted on rape, assault charges," 6 July 2018 Top Phoenix mixologists share tips to make delicious non-alcoholic drinks at home and seven tasty mocktail recipes. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Mocktail recipes: How to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks for your Fourth of July party," 3 July 2018 Enactment of the legislation would make Delaware the 37th state to ban powdered substances that form alcoholic drinks when reconstituted with liquid. Washington Post, "Delaware lawmakers vote to outlaw powdered alcohol," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People think junkies and alcoholics are slovenly, unmotivated people. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Simon Pegg opens up about his struggle with alcoholism and recovery: 'It was just terrible'," 10 July 2018 Patrick Casey This guy was the recovering alcoholic who screamed outside of Carrie’s window. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Sex and the City," 6 June 2018 Rowley is a mental health counselor who used to specialize in drug and alcohol addiction; William counsels alcoholics. Linda Billington, Anchorage Daily News, "In new Alaska play, a man battles the Native corporation in his own head," 2 Mar. 2018 The judge, Mark Rindner, said many people in the camps are chronic alcoholics or mentally ill and need time to gather belongings and find another place to live. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage wants to declare ‘clean-up zones’ for homeless camps," 12 June 2018 When the alcoholic and promiscuously homosexual Burgess had come home from a vacation in Tangier in bad odor, the Foreign Office still decided to post him to Washington at a sensitive time in Anglo-American relations. WSJ, "Roland Philipps," 11 May 2018 Our problem is, our 24-year-old daughter is an alcoholic who doesn’t see her drinking as a problem. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Mom wants to ban alcoholic daughter from son’s reception," 8 July 2018 Sam’s father was an alcoholic who managed to quit drinking, but that didn’t stop Sam from falling victim to the same disease. Rebecca Kesten, Fox News, "Battling the despair of opioid addiction in an unexpected place," 1 July 2018 He was born into extremely tough circumstances and faced the worst of what any of us had to experience as the oldest boy in a household in which his father was an alcoholic who beat his wife. Tori Telfer, Longreads, "‘I Had Nothing To Do With It But Have Been Punished’: Issac Bailey On His Brother Moochie, the Murderer," 22 June 2018

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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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5 Sep 2018

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The first known use of alcoholic was in 1789

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More Definitions for alcoholic

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 , -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- \

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 \ adverb

alcoholic

noun

Medical Definition of alcoholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with alcoholism

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