alcoholic

[al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of alcohol.
2.
containing or using alcohol.
3.
caused by alcohol.
4.
suffering from alcoholism.
5.
preserved in alcohol.
noun
6.
Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
7.
a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.

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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