-holic - definition of -holic by The Free Dictionary
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suffix forming nouns
indicating a person having an abnormal desire for or dependence on: workaholic; chocoholic.
[C20: on the pattern of alcoholic]
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.
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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