junkie

noun
junk·​ie | \ˈjəŋ-kē \
variants: or less commonly junky
plural junkies

Definition of junkie 

1a : a narcotics peddler or addict

b : a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something television news junkie

2 : a junk dealer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for junkie

Synonyms

addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker

Antonyms

nonfan

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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives

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Storage junkies will have better options with Samsung's and Apple's 512GB phones, and Samsung even offers MicroSD support on top of the base 512GB. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Action junkies will also want to snorkel around the shipwrecks off Elbow Beach, and hit Bermuda's 22+ miles of bike trails. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Zika-Free Destinations to Travel to This Year," 15 Oct. 2018 Penning visceral verses about the ugly truths of jealousy and overcoming his insecurities as an openly gay black man, Smollett is morphing into a force bigger than his epochal character Jamal Lyons, who is lionized by TV junkies. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Jussie Smollett on His New Album 'Sum of My Music' & Taking Ownership of His Life: 'I've Never Sold Myself to Anybody'," 6 June 2018 In 1975, the city went from shelter to shelter removing all the drugs from the first-aid kits to prevent them from being stolen by junkies. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Lorillard was an adrenaline junkie avant la lettre: competitive racehorse breeder, yachtsman, gambler, and even amateur archaeologist. Ash Carter, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Town Where the Tuxedo Was Born," 1 Jan. 2012 New Braunfels Railroad Musuem: Railroad junkies and model train enthusiasts are in for a treat. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 That’s why aesthetician Jessica Arnaudin has recovering tanning-bed-junkie clients slip under the LED light therapy lamps at Beauty Bungalow, a St. Petersburg, Fla., day spa. Dana Wood, WSJ, "6 Actually Convincing Ways to Fake a Tan," 15 May 2018 Studies have shown that steak lovers are at risk of colon cancer while chicken-breast junkies aren’t. Lydia Mulvany, The Seattle Times, "Impossible Foods fights for FDA approval on its meatless burgers," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of junkie

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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junkie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of junkie

: a person who uses illegal drugs : a drug addict

: a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something

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