junk·​ie | \ ˈjəŋ-kē How to pronounce junkie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
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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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives
Recent Examples on the Web Chow is a motivational junkie and disciple of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Anne Chow, AT&T’s first woman of color CEO in 144 years, adds another groundbreaking role," 28 June 2020 This has never been the supercar for attention junkies. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi R8 Spyder Was Made to Chase Sunsets," 15 Apr. 2020 On the bright side for football junkies, the IFL’s board of directors approved an extended 16-game schedule for the 2021 season to add additional value for season-ticket holders and sponsors. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin sporting events, marathons and minor-league teams have rescheduled, canceled or changed. Here's the latest.," 28 May 2020 Today, the dunes are hot spots for adrenaline junkies. al, "Experience wild beauty in North Carolina’s Outer Banks," 19 May 2020 Dress down: For clothes junkies like me, these past weeks have been a blessing. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Amy Klobuchar has inside track to be Joe Biden’s running mate," 2 May 2020 Despite that, words like 'user', 'addict' and 'junkie' – alongside their counterpart concepts, 'clean' and 'sober' – seemed foreign to me, far removed from my life with a decent job, credit cards and scatter cushions from Anthropologie. refinery29.com, "Cocaine, Coronavirus & Me," 23 Apr. 2020 This was a good week for the bears and volatility junkies, with stocks diving and bouncing after four months of virtual sleepwalking. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Tesla Jumps, Facebook Falls and Volatility Makes Comeback," 31 Jan. 2020 Pacino instead played, as his first important screen role, a heroin junkie in Jerry Schatzberg's The Panic in Needle Park (1971), after which Coppola contacted him again, this time about playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972). Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Awards Chatter' Podcast Live — Al Pacino ('The Irishman')," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of junkie

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of junkie was in 1902

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12 Jul 2020

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“Junkie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkie. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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