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English definition of “alcoholic”

alcoholic

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

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 amountsAddictionDrug addictionDrunkenness and sobriety
(Definition of alcoholic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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