Alcoholic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌælkəˈhɔːlɪk|  American pronunciation of the word alcoholic
Brit.  |alkəˈhɒlɪk|  British pronunciation of the word alcoholic


- a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually (syn: alky, boozer, dipsomaniac, lush, soaker, souse)


- addicted to alcohol(syn: alcohol-dependent)


She has an alcoholic uncle.

Her uncle is an alcoholic. can be a social drinker without turning into an alcoholic...

...the thoughtful hostess offered her guests an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinkables...

...there's a firm distinction between the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and overindulgence to the point of intoxication...

...unfortunately, he was destined to live out his days as an irrecoverable alcoholic...

Digest the bark in alcohol, evaporate the alcoholic solution to dryness.

It saddened me to watch him turn into an alcoholic.

He was a chronic alcoholic and unable to hold down a job.

an alcoholic on the road to perdition

My grandfather was an alcoholic but I never touch the stuff (=never drink alcohol).

You'll become an alcoholic if you don't watch out.

the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load

a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages

...not being one for alcoholic beverages, I prefer to wind down with a cup of tea every night...

Word forms

singular: alcoholic
plural: alcoholics
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