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

Definition of workaholic

: a compulsive worker

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from workaholic

workaholic adjective
workaholism \ ˈwər-​kə-​ˌhȯ-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce workaholic (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 When her past, present and future come before her, a shrewd workaholic is shown the wonders of embracing love and the spirit of Christmas., "Christmas movie guide: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'It's a Wonderful Life'," 21 Nov. 2020 The scene expanded into a story about Mags, a workaholic, who inherits a cabin in the woods from her grandfather and takes a road trip to check it out with her free-thinking BFF, Julie. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I wrote this for Wisconsin': Filmmaker finds homegrown inspiration for her new road comedy," 18 Nov. 2020 As played by the formidable Gillian Anderson, Thatcher is a dour workaholic with no patience for the royal family and their frivolous traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: New season of ‘The Crown’ is packed with TV riches," 13 Nov. 2020 Always a workaholic, Newton toiled like a man possessed to complete the manuscript over the course of three years, rarely venturing out, taking meals in his rooms, and often writing while standing up at his desk. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Historical detectives discover more first editions of Isaac Newton’s Principia," 11 Nov. 2020 The rapper is depicted as a solemn workaholic not prone to the kinds of superstar excess that can enliven a biography, and his feuds aren’t exactly the stuff of legend. Washington Post, "‘The Butterfly Effect’ charts Kendrick Lamar’s evolution from platinum-selling rapper to protest artist," 19 Oct. 2020 Something of a workaholic, Berkow has written a couple of dozen books. Rick Kogan,, "Column: With his latest book, ‘How Life Imitates Sports,’ Ira Berkow shows he’s long been a keen observer of both," 22 Sep. 2020 Or must both the workaholic and the gamer unite for dish duty? Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay…to Reeeeeeeach Across the Dinner Table?," 7 Sep. 2020 Oh, being a perfectionist, being a workaholic, the anxiousness of a Virgo always trying to be [the best can] create a slight neurosis. Paul Grein, Billboard, "20 Questions With VMAs Host Keke Palmer: ‘It’s an Opportunity for Representation’," 28 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'workaholic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of workaholic

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for workaholic

work + -aholic

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about workaholic

Time Traveler for workaholic

Time Traveler

The first known use of workaholic was in 1947

See more words from the same year

Statistics for workaholic

Last Updated

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Workaholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for workaholic


How to pronounce workaholic (audio)

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

Comments on workaholic

What made you want to look up workaholic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!