alcoholic (adj.)

1790, "of or pertaining to alcohol;" see alcohol + -ic. Meaning "caused by drunkenness" is attested by 1872; meaning "habitually drunk" by 1910. Noun sense of "one who is addicted to drinking in excess, chronic drunkard, old rounder" is recorded from 1891; an earlier term for one was alcoholist (1877 in clinical writing, earlier in temperance literature this word simply meant "a drinker of alcohol"). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.

updated on December 27, 2016

Definitions of alcoholic from WordNet
alcoholic (adj.)
characteristic of or containing alcohol;
alcoholic drinks
alcoholic (adj.)
addicted to alcohol; "alcoholic expatriates in Paris"- Carl Van Doren;
Synonyms: alcohol-dependent
alcoholic (n.)
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually;
Synonyms: alky / dipsomaniac / boozer / lush / soaker / souse
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