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 Velvety smooth, not alcoholic tasting, with a finish of chocolate and hint of roastiness. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers from 11 states for February, from Mardi Gras Bock to big Stouts," 7 Feb. 2021 Sales of hard cider multiplied tenfold from 2010 to 2020, according to data from Nielsen, though the market remains small, at less than 1 percent of all alcoholic beverage sales. New York Times, "America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style," 2 Feb. 2021 The addictive nature of alcohol aside, pervasive marketing of alcoholic products, their availability, and social pressures to drink all contribute to alcohol consumption. Nandita Murukutla, STAT, "Governments’ alcohol subsidies are harmful to public health," 27 Jan. 2021 The personal statement paints a vivid portrait of a life derailed early by mental illness, a distant mother and an abusive and alcoholic father. Garrett Andrews, oregonlive, "Oregon woman fights release of her attacker who wants out early from 60-year sentence due to COVID-19," 20 Jan. 2021 Her disappearance drove their father to an alcoholic death a few years later, and has haunted Elisabeth ever since. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "‘How Quickly She Disappears’ is a masterful work in the genre of subarctic noir," 16 Jan. 2021 This was the year of alcoholic coconut water, kombucha, tea, and pressed juice. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "Why Was 2020 So *Hard*?," 30 Dec. 2020 The committee also cited rising rates of binge drinking and mortality from alcohol-attributable causes of death, including alcoholic liver disease. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "New dietary guidelines reject recommendation that Americans lower limit on sugar, alcohol intake," 29 Dec. 2020 At 85 and in an assisted living facility, Len Maisch has been thinking about his childhood holidays, when his alcoholic mom went drinking, leaving him and his brother alone at Christmas. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "His wife died while both were in a care facility. Lonely, he dreams of post-pandemic love," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Well, one particular sort of gift: novelty signs about drinking that imply Trish is an alcoholic. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Regina King Is Horny for Corny," 14 Feb. 2021 Oldman was himself once an alcoholic and, like Mank, prone to audacious gambles. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Gary Oldman on finding the frequency of 'Mank'," 7 Dec. 2020 But, in a way, that’s like asking an alcoholic to stop drinking. Terry Savage, chicagotribune.com, "Terry Savage: Credit card euphoria will lead to nasty hangover," 31 Dec. 2020 Before joining Hazelden in 2008, Mishek, who is a recovering alcoholic, was president of United Hospital in St. Paul, and had worked for 20 years with the Allina health system. Star Tribune, "Hazelden Betty Ford CEO to retire in 2021," 9 Sep. 2020 The film offers an unflinching, yet non-judgmental portrait of a raging alcoholic. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): Why Mank recreated the 'Rosebud' shot from Citizen Kane," 4 Dec. 2020 John was a functioning alcoholic, a habitual gambler, and a womanizer. Richard Mason, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | RICHARD MASON: So many life-changing decisions," 29 Nov. 2020 The actress plays Cassie, a mostly functioning alcoholic who enjoys her jet-setting life as a first class flight attendant, partying on and off the plane. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Kaley Cuoco easily departs 'Big Bang' in silly-but-thrilling 'The Flight Attendant'," 25 Nov. 2020 Nevertheless, William Henry Harrison’s successful 1840 presidential campaign had no trouble painting him as an alcoholic. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Presidential vices," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Alcoholic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcoholic. Accessed 5 Mar. 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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