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[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ-/
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin of dipsomaniac
1855-60; dipsomani(a) + -ac
Related forms
[dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
See drunkard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dipsomaniac
Historical Examples
  • The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • Why do they not ring the bell and remove the dipsomaniac prize-fighter?

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • The drunkard who drinks in spite of himself is, strictly speaking, a dipsomaniac, and is diseased and insane.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • I liked him very much, but, unlike most Mahomedans, he was a dipsomaniac.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The present Duke had none of the spirit or sense of his ancestors, and was, moreover, a dipsomaniac.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • When he came up he was within arm's reach of the dipsomaniac.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • Nelda is the nymphomaniac sister, and Geraldine is the dipsomaniac.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • In England a spendthrift or dipsomaniac can only be controlled when he has spent all his money.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • Remember what I said as to the phenomena presented by the dreamer, the hypnotic subject, the dipsomaniac, the narcomaniac.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • He must no more trifle with the girl than a dipsomaniac with the brandy bottle!

    Home Again George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for dipsomaniac


any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcohol Shortened form dipso
relating to or affected with dipsomania
Derived Forms
dipsomaniacal (ˌdɪpsəʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for dipsomaniac

"drunkard," 1858, from dipsomania; slang shortening dipso is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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