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

Various sodas and water are available, as well as multiple alcoholic beverages. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "How to get a taste of Italy during Indianapolis' Italian Street Festival," 10 June 2019 Barrientos made contact with the driver and immediately smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath/person, red blood shot eyes and slurred speech. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 Senate Bill 1232 by Conroe Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton and Fort Worth GOP Rep. Craig Goldman expands the alcoholic beverages that can be delivered. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Red light cameras' fate, Abbott's denial, Ted Cruz on Mexico tariffs, Robert E. Lee statue sold," 6 June 2019 There’s also Oga’s Cantina, which is the first place to serve alcoholic beverages in Disneyland. Laura Hooper Beck, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like at Galaxy's Edge, the New Star Wars Section of Disneyland," 5 June 2019 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was created in 1933, at the end of Prohibition, to manage the sale of alcoholic beverages. Harold Brubaker, https://www.inquirer.com, "Windfall? How Fine Wine & Good Spirits paid Harrisburg $85 million more from alcohol sales," 4 June 2019 Sales of traditionally alcoholic beverages with no or little alcohol content are still small. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Liquor Companies See the Benefits of Sobriety," 21 May 2019 Diners toasted each other with non-alcoholic beer in London last January. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dry January Effect," 1 Jan. 2019 Desserts from fried doughnuts and cheesecake and a dirty float made with alcoholic root beer. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 His father was an abusive alcoholic who left the home early, forcing him to be the man of the house at a young age. miamiherald, "Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill reveals identity of long-anonymous donors of millions | Miami Herald," 14 Aug. 2014

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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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