shop·​a·​hol·​ic | \ ˌshä-pə-ˈhȯ-lik How to pronounce shopaholic (audio) , -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 1977. 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web This designer clothing rental service Take it from a real-life shopaholic: Rent the Runway is the best thing that's happened to her closet (and her wallet). Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 last-minute gifts you can still get on Christmas Day," 24 Dec. 2019 Shulman, who counsels recovering shopaholics and shoplifters, said compulsive shopping is becoming a growing problem for many people. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Last-minute gift buying: 5 scenarios that will drain your wallet," 12 Dec. 2019 Rather conveniently for a shopaholic like me, the hotel may be entered from both major shopping thoroughfares, Avenida Alvear and Calle Posadas. Suzy Buckley, Town & Country, "Buy for Me, Argentina," 14 Jan. 2013 Rejoice, busy moms, shopaholics, and those who would rather do all their shopping from the comfort of their own home rather than stand in long lines at the store. Southern Living, "5 Browser Tricks That Will Save You Money," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of shopaholic

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Shopaholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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informal : a person who likes to shop very much

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