-holic


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-holic

suffix forming nouns
indicating a person having an abnormal desire for or dependence on: workaholic; chocoholic.
[C20: on the pattern of alcoholic]

-aholic

a combining form extracted from alcoholic, used in coinages having the general sense “a person who is addicted to or obsessed with an object or activity,” as specified by the initial element: chargeaholic; foodaholic. Compare -holic.
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Warren (1990: 117) explica la naturaleza de este proceso con el ejemplo de la forma combinante -(a)holic: "-(a)holic, I claimed, is a content morpheme meaning "person addicted to", which is a meaning we derive from alcoholic, although we do not associated "person addicted to" with the phoneme sequence -holic in alcoholic".