Definition of shopaholic in English:

shopaholic

noun

informal
  • A compulsive shopper.

    ‘I'm a self-confessed shopaholic’
    ‘Singapore is a paradise for shopaholics’
    • ‘More than a quarter of men are now self-confessed shopaholics, with 28% of them admitting to loving the thrill of buying new things.’
    • ‘We're not a nation of shopkeepers, but shopaholics.’
    • ‘She was a shopaholic who loved clothes and make-up and was up for a night out at the slightest excuse.’
    • ‘Much like those addicted to drugs or alcohol, shopaholics experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, depression and loss of control.’
    • ‘For shopaholics, it was a Thanksgiving weekend to remember.’
    • ‘I went to a psychiatrist to see if I was a shopaholic, but he didn't think I was as I could pay my bills.’
    • ‘Among the shopaholics, 48 per cent stuck to the city centre and 35 per cent ventured to the Trafford Centre.’
    • ‘Kristen was well known for being a shopaholic and Tom didn't want to be anywhere near her when she was let loose in a mall.’
    • ‘If that's not enough to draw shopaholics and mall rats, it has a full floor selling women's products.’
    • ‘If you're a shopaholic like me, it's a great excuse to exercise the old credit card!’
    • ‘My husband is a compulsive hoarder and shopaholic, filling every inch of our six-bedroom house.’
    • ‘Even the most compulsive shopaholic would have difficulty filling the vast boot.’
    • ‘No, it's not the title of a new American self-help manual for shopaholics.’
    • ‘But their success will depend upon satisfying an increasingly demanding generation of trendy shopaholics.’
    • ‘International Buy Nothing Day, held on the 27th November 1998, challenges the shopaholics amongst us to abstain from consumer spending for 24 hours.’
    • ‘You are a shopaholic, and shopping is your only real form of exercise.’
    • ‘Football has never featured massively in the lives of this hard-working city of bankers, real estate moguls and shopaholics.’
    • ‘When she isn't working, Joanna is a self-confessed shopaholic.’
    • ‘Such a tour can break the resilience of the most addicted shopaholics.’
    • ‘Thrift is the bleakest of all the virtues, especially in an era of consumerism, credit cards, and shopaholics.’

Origin

1980s: blend of shop and alcoholic.

Pronunciation

shopaholic

/ʃɒpəˈhɒlɪk/