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[juhng-kee] /ˈdʒʌŋ ki/
noun, Informal.
a drug addict, especially one addicted to heroin.
a person with an insatiable craving for something:
a chocolate junkie.
an enthusiastic follower; fan; devotee:
a baseball junkie.
Also, junky.
Origin of junkie
1920-25; junk3 + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for junkie
  • Allow real junkies to use their drug of choice inside a junkie sanitarium or compound.
  • Regardless, a junkie can't give up the habit by looking for more hits.
  • Your standard tobacco junkie, will probably go the whole life, without spending more than a day or two off the wretched stuff.
  • Of course, every junkie eventually hits rock bottom, at which point there is no more money that can be squeezed out of them.
  • You're caught up in this junkie behavior, and you have to keep upping the dose.
  • Billy, whom one character admiringly describes as an adrenaline junkie, lives for speed.
  • The book is one of the best research tools around for any college basketball junkie.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that the informant is a junkie.
  • So, if you're a political junkie, fire up your computer and watch the returns come in today.
  • He does have a reputation for being an adrenaline junkie.
British Dictionary definitions for junkie


noun (pl) junkies
an informal word for a drug addict, esp one who injects heroin into himself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for junkie

"drug addict," 1923, from junk (n.1) in the narcotics sense + -y (3). Junker in the same sense is recorded from 1922. Junk for "narcotic" is older.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for junkie



: Junkie logic is the ability to justify whatever needs to be done to support an addiction

  1. A narcotics addict: I didn't want to be a junkie/ The man I was to find was both a junkie and pusher (1923+ Narcotics)
  2. devotee or addict of any sort: Zuckerman describes himself as a ''newspaper and magazine junkie''/ Growth junkies, snipes one former insider, go-go boys

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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