gateway drug

[ geyt-wey druhg ]

  1. any drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, whose use may lead to the use of more dangerous or addictive drugs such as heroin.

Origin of gateway drug

First recorded in 1985–90

Words Nearby gateway drug Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gateway drug in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gateway drug

gateway drug

  1. a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs

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