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

Definition of workaholic

: a compulsive worker

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Other Words from workaholic

workaholic adjective
workaholism \ ˈwər-​kə-​ˌhȯ-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce workaholism (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 Are your only career options workaholic or freeloading bohemian? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Hulu's 'Dollface' is an offensive caricature of millennial women," 15 Nov. 2019 But when Rachel, a workaholic environmentalist, is dragged to the resort for her friend Tammy’s bachelorette party, Tully is more than smitten. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Broadway buff Jimmy Buffett excited to see ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ in Fort Lauderdale," 12 Nov. 2019 Rasmussen may be a swaggering, beer-swilling veteran, but she and Duvall—a Christian family woman and workaholic who’s about a decade younger than her ad hoc partner—aren’t cookie-cutter badass lady cops. Time, "Netflix's Wrenching Rape Docudrama Unbelievable Is the Anti-Law & Order—And That's a Good Thing," 3 Sep. 2019 What no one expected was that Netflix (which declined to make a representative available to speak for this story) would yes-and the team into a two-year-long workaholic fever dream. Wired, "Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal," 30 Aug. 2019 On Friday, the sweet comedy hits the streaming service, starring Christina Milian as Gabriella, a San Francisco workaholic who spontaneously enters a contest and wins a rustic New Zealand inn. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Who is Adam Demos? Meet the hot Australian star of Netflix's 'Falling Inn Love'," 30 Aug. 2019 Bill is a workaholic lawyer who takes a case of deeply personal significance to his family. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Little Fires Everywhere: Everything We Know About the New Hulu Show," 14 June 2019 Portune, 60, was released from Drake Center in late May, but the workaholic still hasn't been able to get back to the office full-time. Jason Williams,, "PX column: As 2020 approaches, popular Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune's political future in limbo," 11 July 2019 As his 2018 interview with The Wall Street Journal makes clear, Chang is still a workaholic who’s constantly taking on new projects and veering dangerously toward burnout. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Going on vacation won’t cure your burnout," 9 July 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of workaholic was in 1947

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English Language Learners Definition of workaholic

: a person who chooses to work a lot : a person who is always working, thinking about work, etc.


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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