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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An alcoholic.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of alkie.

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  • noun a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

Etymologies

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

[Shortening and alteration of alcoholic + –y.]

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