junk·​ie | \ ˈjəŋ-kē How to pronounce junkie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural junkies

Definition of junkie

1a disparaging + offensive : a person who is addicted to narcotics and especially to heroin
b : a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something a television news junkie Adrenaline junkies weren't the only ones who marveled as Austrian daredevil Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest and fastest skydive …— Maura Judkis
2 : a junk dealer

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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives
Recent Examples on the Web The skincare junkie in your life will absolutely love this gift. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 16 Sep. 2022 The skincare junkie whose bathroom is stocked with every Kiehl's product imaginable. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 8 July 2022 Baseball appears to be the next frontier, as the streamer now offers access to Friday Night Baseball, complete with pregame coverage and postage analysis — a good option for a real baseball junkie. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 Tamaris is a pilates junkie and enjoys cultivating the Metaverse, making hearts melt with her voice, and is working on taking the modeling world by storm. Kara Warner, PEOPLE.com, 14 June 2022 Lily Sado Caffeine Eye Cream Are you a java junkie on the lookout for the next great thing? Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Cronin, a defensive junkie who said the desire to press has always resided in his DNA, now has the roster to realize his ambitions. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The fine poet and renowned sports junkie T.S. Eliot wrote that. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 Criss affects a touching dullness as a junkie with no likely path out of bottom feeding, and Fishburne, in the play’s most challenging role, gives the production a glimpse of the better man Donny could be. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of junkie

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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23 Sep 2022

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“Junkie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkie. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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