or junk·y

[ 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
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/ (ˈdʒʌŋkɪ) /

noun plural junkies

an informal word for a drug addict, esp one who injects heroin into himself
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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.

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