dipsomaniac


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dip·so·ma·ni·a

 (dĭp′sə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

[Greek dipsa, thirst + -mania.]

dip′so·ma′ni·ac (-ăk′) adj. & n.
dip′so·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl) adj.

dipsomaniac

(ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪˌæk)
n
(Psychiatry) any person who has an uncontrollable and recurring urge to drink alcohol. Shortened form: dipso
adj
(Psychiatry) relating to or affected with dipsomania
dipsomaniacal adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dipsomaniac - a person who drinks alcohol to excess habituallydipsomaniac - a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino - a chronic drinker
Translations

dipsomaniac

[ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪæk] Ndipsomaníaco/a m/f, dipsómano/a m/f

dipsomaniac

nTrunksüchtige(r) mf

dipsomaniac

[ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪæk] ndipsomane m/f
References in classic literature ?
You have shown yourself no alcoholic, no dipsomaniac, but merely an habitual drinker, one who has made John Barleycorn's acquaintance through long years of rubbing shoulders with him.
You suggest a dipsomaniac fought for the whisky bottle, and then having won, rolled it away in a corner, spilling one half and leaving the other.
The world must remain in a reverent doubt as to whether he would, on the same principles, have presented a diplomatist to a dipsomaniac or a ratiocinator to a rat catcher.
The tiny boy stands in for the lost generation of shellshocked, dipsomaniac veterans who are incapable of properly managing the nation's finances.
Then there's Tom himself - a man who, over his many years in showbiz, has worked with everyone who's anyone and broadcasts the fact in every interview he gives - dropping more names than a dipsomaniac place setter at a bouncy castle dinner party.
Dowd, a gentle and bemused dipsomaniac who believes he's accompanied by a drinking buddy, an invisible 6-foot, 3-inch rabbit named Harvey.
Foxx, the only performer with extensive singing experience onscreen, wisely opts for understatement, but Diaz's dipsomaniac rants on unchecked, her falling-down-drunk numbers as unchoreographed as her would-be comic bits are poorly directed.
A CREATIVE couple who call themselves the Humblesticks have launched a highly original range of table lamps, perfect as a Christmas gift for the design driven dipsomaniac.
begins with the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898 by Deepak Obi Ben Kingsley (Izzard), retells the decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a Piano (Idle), and follows the story of young Dick (Brand), his two cousins (Leeves and Winkleman) and their dipsomaniac Aunt (Ullman), who all live together in a large, rambling, Edwardian novel.
Flow to escape from the Estate without the notice of the other workers, or the varied cast that lives in the area--the landlord of the inn, the mad dipsomaniac doctor, the blind Kerekes, and the incredibly thin headmaster--is what fills out the rest of the novel.
Taking advantage of the vogue for authors' public readings of their works, Penelope hires out-of-work actor and occasional dipsomaniac, Monty Maples to impersonate Flinch and undertake the readings and appearances that the public so enjoy.
Kelvin plays wig-wearing ladies' man Jacob "Pop Life" Barrow, while his dipsomaniac, mother-fixated partner Deen Whitter is played by Dave.