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[shop-uh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌʃɒp əˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
noun, Informal.
a frequent shopper, especially one who is unable to control his or her spending. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shopaholic
  • The firm has spent the past few years acquiring new units and portfolio companies with the abandon of a compulsive shopaholic.
  • Elle may be a squeaky-voiced shopaholic bombshell, but she's no dummy.
British Dictionary definitions for shopaholic


(informal) a compulsive shopper
Derived Forms
shopaholism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from shop + -holic
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Word Origin and History for shopaholic

1984, from shop (v.) + -aholic.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shopaholic

shoot one's wad

verb phrase
  1. To commit or bet everything one has; go for broke, shoot the works
  2. To say everything one can on a subject; have one's say
  3. To exhaust one's resources; be unable to persist
  4. SHOOT one's LOAD

[1914+; fr the wad of cloth formerly stuffed into a gun barrel to keep the shot and powder in place]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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