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alcoholic

adjective uk   /ˌæl.kəˈhɒl.ɪk/ us    /-ˈhɑː.lɪk/
B1 containing alcohol: alcoholic drinks Could I have something non-alcoholic, like orange juice, please?

alcoholic

noun [C] uk   /ˌæl.kəˈhɒl.ɪk/ us    /-ˈhɑː.lɪk/ ( slang alky, alkie )
C2 a person who is unable to give up the habit of drinking alcohol very often and in large amounts
Translations of “alcoholic”
in Korean 알코올을 함유한…
in Arabic كُحولي, يَحْتَوي عَلَى الكُحول…
in Portuguese alcoólico…
in Catalan alcohòlic…
in Japanese アルコールが入った, アルコールの…
in Italian alcolico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 含酒精的…
in Russian алкоголик…
in Turkish alkolik, ayyaş kişi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 含酒精的…
in Polish alkoholi-k/czka…
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