1. of, relating to, or of the nature of alcohol.
  2. containing or using alcohol.
  3. caused by alcohol.
  4. suffering from alcoholism.
  5. preserved in alcohol.


  1. Pathology. a person suffering from alcoholism.
  2. a person addicted to intoxicating drinks.


  1. a person affected by alcoholism


  1. of, relating to, containing, or resulting from alcohol

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; earlier alcoholist (1888). Alcoholics Anonymous founded 1935 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. Alky is first recorded 1844 as a slang shortening of “alcoholic liquor;” 1960 in the sense of “a drunkard.”


  1. Related to or resulting from alcohol.
  2. Containing or preserved in alcohol.
  3. Suffering from alcoholism.


  1. A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess or who suffers from alcoholism.

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