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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]
    • /ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/
    • /ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [al-kuh-haw-lik, -hol-ik]
    • /ˌæl kəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/

Definitions of alcoholic word

  • countable noun alcoholic An alcoholic is someone who cannot stop drinking large amounts of alcohol, even when this is making them ill. 3
  • adjective alcoholic Alcoholic drinks are drinks that contain alcohol. 3
  • noun alcoholic a person affected by alcoholism 3
  • adjective alcoholic of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol 3
  • adjective alcoholic of or containing alcohol 3
  • adjective alcoholic caused by alcohol or liquor containing it 3

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Origin of alcoholic

First appearance:

before 1780
One of the 45% newest English words
First recorded in 1780-90; alcohol + -ic

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Alcoholic


alcoholic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for alcoholic

adj alcoholic

  • hard — not soft; solid and firm to the touch; unyielding to pressure and impenetrable or almost impenetrable.
  • fermented — Also called organized ferment. any of a group of living organisms, as yeasts, molds, and certain bacteria, that cause fermentation.
  • inebriant — an intoxicant.
  • brewed — to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops.
  • distilled — obtained or produced by distillation.

noun alcoholic

  • souse — to swoop or pounce upon.
  • tippler — a person who works at a tipple, especially at a mine.
  • lush — (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
  • inebriate — to make drunk; intoxicate.
  • boozer — A boozer is a pub.

adjective alcoholic

  • intoxicating — Archaic. intoxicated.
  • strong — having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.
  • boozy — A boozy person is someone who drinks a lot of alcohol.
  • spirituous — containing, of the nature of, or pertaining to alcohol; alcoholic.

Antonyms for alcoholic

noun alcoholic

  • prohibitionist — a person who favors or advocates prohibition.
  • teetotaler — a person who abstains totally from intoxicating drink.

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