an alcoholic, especially one who lives rough or frequents the streets. The obvi-ous term, which usually carries over-tones of contempt, has been widespread in the USA at least since the Depression; it was adopted after World War II in Australia and since the 1960s has been in limited use in Brit-ain.

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  • alkie — or alky noun, plural (alkies) Etymology: by shortening & alteration Date: 1948 slang alcoholic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • alkie — n. (Slang) alky, alcoholic, one who is addicted to alcohol, drunkard …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alkie — Noun. An alcoholic. Also spelt alky …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • alkie — /ˈælki/ (say alkee) noun Colloquial a heavy drinker; an alcoholic. Also, alky …   Australian English dictionary

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