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junkie

or junk·y

[juhng-kee]
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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

First recorded in 1920–25; junk3 + -ie
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  • It was evident that Junkie had a will of his own, and was accustomed to exert it on all occasions.

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    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Junkie looked up with sparkling eyes, and said that Milly did it.

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    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Nevertheless, it may not be fair to call it a lie, Junkie,” said Jackman.

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    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Father never rose a fish there,” said Junkie, with a demure look.

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  • A little shriek of laughter burst from Junkie on hearing this.

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British Dictionary definitions for junkie

junkie

junky

noun plural 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 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.

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