work·​a·​hol·​ic | \ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯ-lik, -ˈhä-\

Definition of workaholic 

: a compulsive worker

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Other Words from workaholic

workaholic adjective
workaholism \ˈwər-​kə-​ˌhȯ-​ˌli-​zəm, -​ˌhä-​ \ noun

Examples of workaholic in a Sentence

My brother is a real workaholic who almost never takes time off.

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Virgo, August 23–September 22 Virgos are workaholics, so everything from their job to their love life has to serve a purpose. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 To achieve this type of output requires strong leadership, courage, unwavering focus, and a workaholic attitude, which Foster possess. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 The eight-episode series is based on the true story of creator and star Carly Craig, a workaholic who dates all 252 of her Tinder matches. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "7 Amazing Web Series You'll Want to Ditch Netflix For," 4 Sep. 2018 His untimely fate will send a shiver through workaholics everywhere, not to mention all who need multiple packs of Muratti cigarettes to get through their workload. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Workaholic Saved Chrysler," 25 July 2018 Marchionne was a famous workaholic, often reportedly sleeping on his private plane between meetings in the US and Europe. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Sergio Marchionne, the man who saved Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66," 25 July 2018 And while management talks about work-life balance, the true workaholics are rewarded with bonuses. New York Times, "Is a Late-Career Change Worth It?," 2 Mar. 2018 How does Alan Cumming — actor, author, singer, activist and all-around workaholic — like to unwind? Aidin Vaziri,, "Alan Cumming on embracing cabaret and finding humor in the immigrant struggle," 5 July 2018 Sarri is described as a 'workaholic' and will have barely two weeks to prepare himself before the first set of Chelsea players report back for pre-season training on 9th July., "Maurizio Sarri to 'Live & Sleep' at Chelsea's Training Ground This Week as Appointment Edges Closer," 25 June 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- \

Medical Definition of workaholic 

: a compulsive worker

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