adjective, junk·i·er, junk·i·est.
of the nature of junk; trashy.
Origin of junky1
First recorded in 1945–50; junk1
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for junkypoor
Examples from the Web for junky
Contemporary Examples of junky
Historical Examples of junky
Come on down, Junky, I won't be mad at you—if you follow directions.
Fattening your dividends by sending our boys up against the Prussian guns in junky motor-tanks covered with tin armor!
British Dictionary definitions for junky
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 junky
"run-down, seedy, trashy," 1876, from junk (n.1) + -y (2).
"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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