Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.

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  • n. A person who feels compelled to work excessively.
  • adj. In the nature or manner of a workaholic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. person with a compulsive need to work

Etymologies

work +‎ -aholic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term workaholic very aptly describes this addiction.

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  • The leisure class has given way to what I call the workaholic wealthy -- an elite of BlackBerry-crazed, network-obsessed, peripatetic travelers who have to keep scrambling to maintain their place in life.

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  • Your inner compulsive workaholic is fooling you again.

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  • Being a workaholic is not a virtue, tired people make mistakes, like approving the Iraq invasion.

    Clinton touts commander-in-chief credentials

  • He was still amazed by the 6-7 Leonard, whom he called a workaholic.

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  • The first 24 hours were "critical," she said, but she expected Williams - who she described as a workaholic - to be back on the job in early March.

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  • Still, Dunderdale said she expected Williams - who she described as a workaholic - to be back on the job in early March.

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  • To me, a workaholic is someone who won’t even take the 2 weeks vacation.

    Matthew Yglesias » Vacation

  • I’m a quirky Manhattan bachelor with an outlandish sense of humor who rarely cooks but loves to entertain, constantly throws cocktail parties, lets his dog snooze on all the furniture, has been called a workaholic, and insists on displaying his Emmy award as his powder-room toilet-paper holder.

    Thom Filicia Style

  • The author of 25 books on psychology and family, Dr. Robinson, professor emeritus at University of North Carolina at Charlotte estimates that about one-quarter of the population could be classified as workaholic, though it comes in varying degrees.

    Why Relaxing Is Hard Work

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  • From Answers.com: The founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 focused attention on alcohol addiction, as well as AA's 12-step program and "support group" (1969) meetings for dealing with addictions. In the 1960s, someone had the idea of taking -holic as a suffix meaning "addict", and a whole new category of addictions followed. One of the first and most important is workaholic. It was announced in the 1968 article "On Being a 'Workaholic' (A serious Jest)" in the journal Pastoral Psychology: "I have dubbed this addiction of myself and my fellow ministers 'workaholism,'" wrote Wayne Oates, a professor of psychology of religion at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. However, it was the appearance of Oates's book Confessions of a Workaholic in 1971 that propelled that term and prompted many writers to start using the suffixes -aholic, -holic, or -oholic to describe "all-consuming obsessions," not all of them so serious.

    June 28, 2008