follow Dictionary.com

Gray vs. grey? What's the difference?

junkie

[juhng-kee] /ˈdʒʌŋ ki/
noun, Informal.
1.
a drug addict, especially one addicted to heroin.
2.
a person with an insatiable craving for something:
a chocolate junkie.
3.
an enthusiastic follower; fan; devotee:
a baseball junkie.
Origin of junkie
1920-1925
1920-25; junk3 + -ie
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for junkie
British Dictionary definitions for junkie

junkie

/ˈdʒʌŋkɪ/
noun (pl) junkies
1.
an informal word for a drug addict, esp one who injects heroin into himself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for junkie
n.

"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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for junkie

junkie

modifier

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

noun

  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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for junkie

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for junkie

17
21
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with junkie

Nearby words for junkie