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junky1

[juhng-kee] /ˈdʒʌŋ ki/
adjective, junkier, junkiest.
1.
of the nature of junk; trashy.
Origin of junky1
1945-1950
1945-50; junk1 + -y2

junky2

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

junkie

or junky

[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
1920-25; junk3 + -ie
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  • Come on down, junky, I won't be mad at you—if you follow directions.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • Fattening your dividends by sending our boys up against the Prussian guns in junky motor-tanks covered with tin armor!

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for junky

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 junky
adj.

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

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
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Slang definitions & phrases for junky

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.
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