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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.
Origin of junkie
First recorded in 1920-25; junk3 + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Slowly and carefully the fisher drew the fish towards the shelving bank, where junkie stood ready with the gaff.

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  • It was evident that junkie had a will of his own, and was accustomed to exert it on all occasions.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • Do you know, junkie, that this is the very spot where your Cousin Milly fell?

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

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  • When they were done, they brought take-out bags for the junkie and Francis in the shantytown.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
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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