work·​a·​hol·​ic | \ ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯ-lik How to pronounce workaholic (audio) , -ˈhä- \

Definition of workaholic

: a compulsive worker

Other Words from workaholic

workaholic adjective
workaholism \ ˈwər-​kə-​ˌhȯ-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce workaholic (audio) , -​ˌhä-​ \ noun

Examples of workaholic in a Sentence

My brother is a real workaholic who almost never takes time off.
Recent Examples on the Web While Gotti is happily a workaholic, the father-of-three does wish for a little more time to spend with his kids, including his 18-year-old son Mario Jr. and two daughters. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 19 May 2022 The artist Andrea Bowers is a workaholic who, during the depths of the pandemic, was happy to bunker in her studio here and spend hundreds of hours making a single photorealistic drawing of, say, a protester for fair wages or climate justice. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Zirinsky has long had a reputation as a workaholic, someone who is still at the office even after the cleaning crew has finished its work for the evening. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 Smith is a workaholic, and a win-aholic, those most virtuous and therefore invisible of vices. Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Always a workaholic, Curry has kept his fire in the gym while demanding balance with his spiritual and family lives. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 That is, until her own hearing drops out of sync, forcing the workaholic to take time off and reevaluate much of her life. Jamie Lang, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Uyeda tells me that friends call him a workaholic but that always feels like an oversimplification. Anna Codrea-rado,, 9 Sep. 2021 But what’s pointedly powerful about the film is how Malcolm becomes a metaphor for every workaholic who has no time for anyone else. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of workaholic

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for workaholic

work + -aholic

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“Workaholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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work·​a·​hol·​ic | \ ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯl-ik, -ˈhäl- How to pronounce workaholic (audio) \

Medical Definition of workaholic

: a compulsive worker


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