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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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 But with great power comes great responsibility: 8 breeds workaholics, and on a bad day, can become excessively controlling and possessive. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 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

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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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