Definitions

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

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

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  • noun person with a compulsive need to work

Etymologies

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work +‎ -aholic

Examples

  • The term workaholic very aptly describes this addiction.

    Stress and the Manager

  • The term workaholic very aptly describes this addiction.

    Stress and the Manager

  • The term workaholic very aptly describes this addiction.

    Stress and the Manager

  • 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.

    How the rich spend

  • Your inner compulsive workaholic is fooling you again.

    Re: Book sale paypal payments...

  • 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.

    SI.com

  • 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

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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.

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