work·​a·​hol·​ic ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯ-lik How to pronounce workaholic (audio)
: a compulsive worker
workaholic adjective
workaholism noun

Examples of workaholic in a Sentence

My brother is a real workaholic who almost never takes time off.
Recent Examples on the Web As a trusted lieutenant to Ted Rogers, Lind served alongside a business pioneer known as a workaholic, a demanding boss and a stubborn leader. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Aug. 2023 Her beloved father, a workaholic who owned a used car lot, had always been her protector. Michelle Matthews |, al, 31 Aug. 2023 Her mother, an eccentric workaholic, delegated the great bulk of child care to her playful and charismatic, if pretentious and self-involved, husband and to the family’s reliable, steady nanny. Priscilla Gilman, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 David, an impossible-to-please workaholic, was always looking for a better line or joke. Time, 21 Aug. 2023 In the machismo culture of the newsroom, burnout was a foreign concept, as was counseling a workaholic to pace himself. Julie Washington, cleveland, 29 July 2023 And psychologically, fellow workaholics may be able to learn from my experience. Janet Hook, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2023 Lunch was wheeled into the classroom on a metal cart, and the kids ate at their desks, like little workaholics. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 An acknowledged workaholic, Gottlieb was also the most personal of editors. Hillel Italie, ajc, 14 June 2023 See More

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Word History


work + -aholic

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of workaholic was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Workaholic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


work·​a·​hol·​ic ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯl-ik, -ˈhäl- How to pronounce workaholic (audio)
: a compulsive worker
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