alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]

Origin:
1780–90; alcohol + -ic

alcoholically, adverb
prealcoholic, adjective
semialcoholic, adjective


6. See drunkard.
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alcoholic (ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk)
 
n
1.  a person affected by alcoholism
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol

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alcoholic
1790, see alcohol. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess" is recorded from 1891; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of "alcoholic liquor;" 1960 in the sense of "a drunkard."
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alcoholic al·co·hol·ic (āl'kə-hô'lĭk)
adj.

  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.

  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.

  3. Suffering from alcoholism.

n.
A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.
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