dipsomaniac

[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-]
noun
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.

Origin:
1855–60; dipsomani(a) + -ac

dipsomaniacal [dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl, -soh-] , adjective


See drunkard.
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dipsomaniac (ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪˌæk)
 
n
1.  Shortened form: dipso any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcohol
 
adj
2.  relating to or affected with dipsomania
 
dipsomaniacal
 
adj

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dipsomaniac
"drunkard," 1858, from dipsomania; slang shortening dipso is from 1880.
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As the dipsomaniac who shatters the psychiatrist's professional calm, he gives a sincere, natural and likable performance.
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