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 According to the report filed by Loveland police, there was a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "Clermont County jury acquits Cincinnati police captain of OVI charge," 24 Apr. 2021 The officer stopped the vehicle and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside, according to a police report. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man involved in crash faces OVI charge: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 24 Apr. 2021 Soju is a clear, colorless distilled alcoholic beverage of Korean origin. Allison Norlian, Forbes, "Korean American Mom Creates Soju Paying Homage To Her Roots—Donates To Pandemic Relief And To Stop Asian Discrimination," 15 Apr. 2021 This event is free, and participants under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic beverage. New York Times, "Celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Make Ratatouille," 3 Apr. 2021 Falwell, who appeared to be holding an alcoholic beverage, said the picture was meant to be a joke. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Jerry Falwell Jr. says Liberty University has been 'nothing but supportive' as he ponders potential comeback," 2 Apr. 2021 Both come with red wine or a non-alcoholic beverage, and a gluten-free tangelo-almond cake can be added for $35. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "10 Bay Area restaurants celebrating Passover, from matzo ball soup to multi-course feasts," 23 Mar. 2021 Mr Springsteen, who has no previous criminal record of any kind, voluntarily plead guilty to a violation of consuming an alcoholic beverage in a closed area, agreeing to a fine of $500. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Bruce Springsteen pleads guilty to alcohol consumption in closed area, DUI and other charge dropped," 24 Feb. 2021 Possessing, serving or giving an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Spring Break 2021: Keep your clothes on, and no drunken brawls," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a child of an alcoholic, she was forced to grow up quickly. Washington Post, "A teen’s letter about her dad’s alcoholism went viral — and helped heal their relationship," 20 Apr. 2021 Dear Annie: This is about the 40-year-old alcoholic with two kids who is refusing rehab. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Try to avoid hitting rock bottom," 26 Apr. 2021 The Greeks also foretold the humbling of characters like the imperious Karen Huger, the grande dame turned rental-mansion hopper of The Real Housewives of the Potomac, and Luann de Lesseps, the countess turned felonious alcoholic of RHONY. Anna Peele, Vulture, "The Soul of Bravo," 14 Apr. 2021 An attorney and a recovering alcoholic have a car accident which escalates into an ongoing feud. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Say a struggling alcoholic with a violent streak signs on as winter caretaker for a remote, snowy hotel. Stephen Graham Jones Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Later,' by Stephen King," 15 Mar. 2021 For example, a hardcore alcoholic probably has some kind of kidney or liver damage, and that impairment keeps the disability checks rolling in. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Don’t worry, be happy: No need to lose sleep over future benefit cuts," 14 Mar. 2021 At that time, his wife reported to the sheriff’s office that her husband was an alcoholic with a gambling problem, according to the court records. oregonlive, "Portland police criminalist who responded in police car to shooting scene early Friday charged with DUII, police say," 26 Feb. 2021 Lee Miller's Holmes is a recovering alcoholic, striving to maintain his sobriety under Watson's watchful eye. Sarah Lazarus And Jane Sit, CNN, "Netflix's new show 'The Irregulars' gives the Sherlock Holmes story a supernatural reboot," 26 Mar. 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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10 May 2021

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“Alcoholic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcoholic. Accessed 13 May. 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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