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[wurk-uh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌwɜrk əˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits.
Origin of workaholic
1965-70; work + -aholic
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workaholism, noun Unabridged
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  1. a person obsessively addicted to work
  2. (as modifier): workaholic behaviour
Word Origin
C20: from work + -holic, coined in 1971 by Wayne Oates, US author
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Word Origin and History for workaholism



1968, coined from work (n.) with second element abstracted absurdly from alcoholic. This sets up the old Rodney Dangerfield joke: "My old man was a workaholic: every time he thought about work, he got drunk."

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workaholism in Medicine

workaholic work·a·hol·ic (wûr'kə-hô'lĭk)
One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.

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Slang definitions & phrases for workaholism

word up


An exhortation to listen, to pay attention: Word up, fool. We be fresh tonight

[1980s+ Black; probably based on listen up]

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