shopaholic

noun shop·a·hol·ic \ ˌshä-pə-ˈhȯ-lik , -ˈhä- \

Definition of shopaholic

: one who is extremely or excessively fond of shopping

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The word alcoholic refers to someone who has a serious disorder. Addictive shopping can be serious, too, but the word shopaholic is most often used playfully to suggest mere excess rather than true addiction. Shopaholic first appeared in print in 1983. It was formed on the model of alcoholic, which was itself created many years earlier by combining alcohol with -ic, meaning "of or relating to." People evidently saw a parallel between someone addicted to alcohol and someone "addicted" to shopping. This is not the first time alcoholic has spawned a spinoff word-shopaholic was preceded by workaholic and chocoholic, both of which first turned up in 1968.

First Known Use of shopaholic

1977


SHOPAHOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

shopaholic

noun

Definition of shopaholic for English Language Learners

  • : a person who likes to shop very much


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