or junk·y


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.

Nearby words

  1. junkerdom,
  2. junkerism,
  3. junkers,
  4. junket,
  5. junketeer,
  6. junkman,
  7. junky,
  8. junkyard,
  9. juno,
  10. juno and the paycock

Origin of junkie

First recorded in 1920–25; junk3 + -ie

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British Dictionary definitions for junkie



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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