Meaning of “dipsomaniac” in the English Dictionary

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"dipsomaniac" in British English

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dipsomaniacnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdɪp.səˈmeɪ.ni.æk/ us /ˌdɪp.səˈmeɪ.ni.æk/ informal dipso,

Examples from literature

  • He stated that he believed there was an element of heredity in his case, his father having been a dipsomaniac and one brother having died insane. 
  • In England a spendthrift or dipsomaniac can only be controlled when he has spent all his money. 

(Definition of “dipsomaniac” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)