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 timing of the two events was coincidental — but also fitting: Acker is a sports junkie and basketball fanatic. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2021 Indeed, the early machinations of running for governor well over a year ahead of the primary are hard for even a political junkie to follow. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 Salermo and the rest of San Francisco’s brass learned that Luciano was a baseball junkie whose days consisted of training, reading, chatting with relatives and little else. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 Buzbee took over from Ron Fournier, a political junkie known for his sharp managerial elbows. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Or, put another way, is Medina Spirit really a junkie? John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 When Mare busts her ankle chasing a junkie, Winslet adopts a magnificent limp that maps a whole psychology. Darren Franich, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner is known as a film junkie. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Apr. 2021 What a concert memory for a music junkie like myself. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of junkie

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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25 Jul 2021

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“Junkie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkie. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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