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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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 Even for Kanye, the workaholic super-producer who infamously locked himself in a room to do five beats a day for three summers, rolling out five albums in five weeks is a lofty goal. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Teyana Taylor’s Music Has Matured, but Has Her Label?," 25 June 2018 In real life, Hearst’s mother, a San Francisco philanthropist and socialite, doted on him, while his workaholic father was largely absent. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "‘Phoebe Apperson Hearst’ Review: Ambitious, Shrewd, Ladylike," 13 May 2018 Organizing a wedding seemed like a daunting time commitment to Ms. Shull, who everyone describes as a workaholic, but getting married made perfect sense. New York Times, "50 So-So Dates Later, a Breakup Gets Unbroken," 11 May 2018 Many of those ignoring retirement aren’t simply workaholics. Robert Weisman,, "For many high-octane professionals, retirement is not an option," 2 May 2018 How could Tan, who is stocky and often sports a rakish grin that belies the workaholic beneath, make such a blunder? Bloomberg,, "Mr. Tan goes to Washington: the undoing of Broadcom's $117-billion bid for Qualcomm," 15 Mar. 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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