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

Synonyms for alcoholic

Synonyms: Noun

alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunk, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], lush, rummy, soak, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

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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 manager said the man owed $28.70 to pay for food and alcoholic beverages. cleveland.com, "Customer says brother en route from Kansas will pay for dinner: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 Entry fees are $100 per person which includes tournament entry, meal and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 7 July 2019 Dos Luces Brewery Gluten-free drinkers and anyone interested in Pre-Columbian alcoholic beverages should check out this South Broadway taproom. The Know Staff, The Know, "12 under-the-radar breweries that you should be drinking at this summer," 3 July 2019 Fireworks; charcoal fires, even in established picnic areas; alcoholic beverages and glass beverage containers also will be banned on July Fourth, the department said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Planning a 4th of July hike? These Phoenix trailheads will close early," 3 July 2019 Dinner for two about $85, excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Staying in a water tower in Mendocino is a natural high," 30 June 2019 Manders also recommends drinking less than five or six alcoholic beverages per week. Ladan Nikravan Hayes, Cincinnati.com, "‘Let’s Talk’: These traits increase the risk of developing breast cancer," 26 June 2019 Barrientos made contact with the driver and immediately smelled an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath/person, glossy eyes and slurred speech. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 24 June 2019 In 2018, only 19 percent of 10th graders reported having consumed an alcoholic beverage in the prior 30 days, down from more than 40 percent in the 1990s. New York Times, "The ‘Euphoria’ Teenagers Are Wild. But Most Real Teenagers Are Tame.," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On November 27, 1833, the decrepit brig Ann, under the direction of a violent alcoholic captain, sailed out of Baltimore harbor. Benjamin Moser, The New York Review of Books, "Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector," 10 June 2010 Al-Anon is a support group for family and friends of alcoholics. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 7 June 2019 Al-Anon Meetings: For family, co-workers and friends of alcoholics. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Milpitas calendar of events for the week of June 7," 7 June 2019 Tempest’s mission is to be a digital recovery solution for people who don’t identify as addicted or alcoholics, or for those who do and don’t want to use traditional methods of getting sober. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This New Sobriety School Will Change the Way You Think About Drinking," 29 May 2019 Cindy never knew her father and hardly knew her mother, an alcoholic and a drug addict. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: One of Milwaukee's most decorated athletes is still on the field," 2 May 2018 Leveraging his on-screen charm just as alcoholics often do in life, Washington makes the resulting spectacle of Whitaker’s bottoming-out, his self-destruction, agonizing to behold. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "In 'The Iceman Cometh' on Broadway, Denzel Washington is mesmerizing, stunning — he's the bottom of the bottle," 27 Apr. 2018 Gary is afraid of commitment and recovering from cancer, Rome is depressed and suicidal, and Eddie's an alcoholic who wants to leave his wife, Katherine (Grace Park), who's too good for him anyway. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If You Like This Is Us, Then You'll Love A Million Little Things," 26 Sep. 2018 Sabbath is married to a recovering alcoholic, Roseanna. Tina Jordan And Susan Ellingwood, New York Times, "A Philip Roth Reader," 23 May 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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The first known use of alcoholic was in 1789

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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 alcoholically (audio) \ adverb

alcoholic

noun

Medical Definition of alcoholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with alcoholism

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