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.

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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 Vincent Yu/Associated Press HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, is a workaholic who sleeps three to five hours a night. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Carrie Lam: A ‘Good Fighter’ in the Crisis Over the Hong Kong Extradition Bill," 14 June 2019 And forever thereafter, Conway did not worry about the hard-to-please workaholic Professor Frank Adams and his ilk. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 So what had gotten into this 50-year-old workaholic roofer that was suddenly making his team turn their heads? Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "Why a crew of tough roofers is talking about feelings and doing breathing exercises," 19 June 2018 That’s mitigated a bit by the fact that Eastwood, famously a workaholic, didn’t just cast himself in the film, but cast his own daughter, too, to play Earl’s neglected and hurt daughter. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Clint Eastwood’s new movie The Mule is exasperatingly flat," 14 Dec. 2018 Like Father Friday, Netflix More Television Reviews At her movie-perfect Central Park wedding, bride-to-be Rachel ( Kristen Bell )—hopeless workaholic and the second-in-command at a boutique Manhattan ad agency—misses her cue to walk down the aisle. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Like Father’ Review: Dysfunctional Daddy-Daughter Duo," 2 Aug. 2018

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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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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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