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

Once the restaurant is open, there will be other lite-fare food on the menu along with several varieties of beer on tap as well as non-alcoholic options. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 Naturally, there will be libations — of the alcoholic and nonalcoholic kinds. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 According to a recent report, mocktails are among the leading non-alcoholic beverage trends on restaurant menus (along with kombucha and cold brew coffee). Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Line up for a non-alcoholic Beerana Foster Shake from Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery, or an Ice Cream S'mores Quesadilla from the Mexican Grill. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ants on-a-stick — turducken, too — are among the more than 80 new foods at Wisconsin State Fair," 12 July 2018 Additionally, both flavors are a little bit boozy, without giving off an overwhelmingly alcoholic taste. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 2018 The purpose of the non-alcoholic Mamma Beer is to disguise dysgeusia, or distortion of the taste, the site reports. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Czech beer brewed to aid cancer patients with loss of taste, appetite," 10 July 2018 But why should only alcoholic cocktails get the star treatment? Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Mocktail recipes: How to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks for your Fourth of July party," 3 July 2018 Smith was an executive at Diageo, a global alcoholic beverage firm and served as vice-chairman of AmeriCares. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Insurmountable Hurdle: Guy Smith's Effort to Petition onto Primary Ballot Falls Short," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After party: An after-party will be held behind Unity Catholic Credit Union (5839 Ridge Road) with Polish food, beer and non-alcoholics drinks from Polish Village vendors, including Rudy's Strudel who will be selling, what else, pierogi! Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Polish pride: Parma to host Constitution Day parade, party," 2 May 2018 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

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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, -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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