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Syllabification: work·a·hol·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌwərkəˈhôlik
, ˌwərkəˈhälik

Definition of workaholic in English:


A person who compulsively works hard and long hours.
Example sentences
  • Until he met Francesca he was a workaholic who enjoyed playing hard.
  • He's a workaholic, and hard work is one of the key things in management.
  • A compulsive workaholic and an absentee publisher, he has tried a number of different tactics to revive the papers.



Pronunciation: /ˈwərkəˌhôlizəm, -ˌhäl-/
Example sentences
  • I think I was spiralling into obsessive workaholism which is not healthy.
  • Perhaps I should not admit such things now that one of my bosses reads these tales, but I've decided that birding keeps me from workaholism.
  • But what is clear is that workaholism is just wrong.

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