Translation of "compulsive" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/ us

doing something a lot and unable to stop doing it

a compulsive liar/thief/eater
compulsive gambling
a compulsive eating disorder

If a film, play, sports event, book, etc. is compulsive, it is so interesting or exciting that you do not want to stop watching or reading it.

I always find programmes about hospitals compulsive viewing.
Her latest book is compulsive reading/a compulsive read.
compulsively adverb uk /-li/ us
compulsiveness noun [ no plural ] uk /-nəs/ us

(Translation of “compulsive” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)