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dipsomaniac

[dip-suh-mey-nee-ak, -soh-] /ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ niˌæk, -soʊ-/
noun
1.
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; dipsomani(a) + -ac
Related forms
dipsomaniacal
[dip-suh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, -soh-] /ˌdɪp sə məˈnaɪ ə kəl, -soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
See drunkard.
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Word Origin and History for dipsomaniacal

dipsomaniac

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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