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adjective, junk·i·er, junk·i·est.
  1. of the nature of junk; trashy.
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Origin of junky1

First recorded in 1945–50; junk1 + -y2


noun, plural junk·ies.
  1. junkie.
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Origin of junky2


or junk·y

noun Informal.
  1. a drug addict, especially one addicted to heroin.
  2. a person with an insatiable craving for something: a chocolate junkie.
  3. an enthusiastic follower; fan; devotee: a baseball junkie.
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Origin of junkie

First recorded in 1920–25; junk3 + -ie
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  • Come on down, Junky, I won't be mad at you—if you follow directions.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

  • 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
  1. 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).

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"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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