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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.
Also, junky.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; junk3 + -ie

junky2

[juhng-kee] /ˈdʒʌŋ ki/
noun, plural junkies.
1.
Origin
junk3 + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for junkies

junkie

/ˈdʒʌŋkɪ/
noun (pl) junkies
1.
an informal word for a drug addict, esp one who injects heroin into himself
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Word Origin and History for junkies

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.

junky

adj.

"run-down, seedy, trashy," 1876, from junk (n.1) + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for junkies

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.
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