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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Katy Perry and Morgan McLachlan’s non-alcoholic aperitif line, De Soi, celebrated its official launch on Thursday with a Los Angeles event including Roy Choi, Gizele Oliveira, Aishwarya Iyer and Matt Rogers. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 Non-alcoholic options include smoothies, Anodyne coffee, cold brew and Rishi tea. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2022 In addition to wines from around the world, Skywater also offers a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages and pantry items running the range from hot sauces and Duke’s mayonnaise to gluten-free Wasa crispbreads and Better Made potato chips. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 July 2022 This non-alcoholic, mocktail book is filled with delish drink recipes that can be used for any occasion. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 18 July 2022 As for the non-alcoholic beers, they’re crafted to deliver a full beer flavor profile without the alcohol. Sarah Raza, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2022 Includes food ticket, beer, cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 14 July 2022 For a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly version, just leave out the rum. USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 This non-alcoholic tequila is definitely made for mixing, with an exceptionally strong burn that isn’t great for sipping but is perfect for making its presence known when in the company of other, louder ingredients. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To coming back and being mentally out, a druggie and an alcoholic—all of the rest of the stuff—I’m not ashamed of it. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The 21st century has been a boon to young abstainers who reject the word alcoholic, and to anyone who wants to quit drinking without becoming a sad sack or a prig. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 Walter Hunt was many things: a father of six, a husband, an editor at Reader’s Digest, a man who found solace in clues, an alcoholic and then a man in recovery. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Before meeting Jones, Houston also was an alcoholic. Ahjané Forbes, Hartford Courant, 16 July 2022 The Father was an alcoholic, a furniture-maker, a keeper of snapshots. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 Rodriguez will play Eliza, described as a fun-loving, quick-witted alcoholic who runs a bookstore/bar with her uncle in New Orleans. Joe Otterson, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 In the book, Frances struggles with the cost of living, and her father, an alcoholic, often forgets to send her money. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 15 May 2022 When war broke out, Mr. Katsumoto’s older brother was conscripted, but his father, an alcoholic, was deemed too frail to enlist. New York Times, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for alcoholic

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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