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ALCOHOLIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alcoholic mean? 

ALCOHOLIC (noun)
  The noun ALCOHOLIC has 1 sense:

1. a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

  Familiarity information: ALCOHOLIC used as a noun is very rare.


ALCOHOLIC (adjective)
  The adjective ALCOHOLIC has 2 senses:

1. characteristic of or containing alcohol
2. addicted to alcohol

  Familiarity information: ALCOHOLIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALCOHOLIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

alcoholic; alky; boozer; dipsomaniac; lush; souse; soaker

Hypernyms ("alcoholic" is a kind of...):

drunk; drunkard; inebriate; rummy; sot; wino (a chronic drinker)


ALCOHOLIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of or containing alcohol

Context example:

alcoholic drinks

Similar:

dry (having a large proportion of strong liquor)

hard; strong (being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content)

intoxicant; intoxicating (able to intoxicate)

spiritous; spirituous (containing or of the nature of alcohol)

wet (consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor)

Antonym:

nonalcoholic (characterized by the absence of alcohol)


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Meaning:

Addicted to alcohol

Synonyms:

alcohol-dependent; alcoholic

Context example:

alcoholic expatriates in Paris

Similar:

addicted (compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming)


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