junkie

noun
junk·​ie | \ ˈjəŋ-kē How to pronounce junkie (audio) \
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, dopehead, doper, druggie (also druggy), fiend, freak [slang], head, hophead [slang], hype [slang], stoner, user

Antonyms

nonaddict, nonuser

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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives

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This is what makes Hell’s Gate a geological marvel worth visiting: towers of rock that provide rock climbing opportunities for adrenaline junkies and hiking trails that wind around a gorge formed by ancient, raging waters. National Geographic, "Visit the African park that inspired “The Lion King”," 11 July 2019 Most will be consigned to YouTube clips watched only by political junkies and graduate students. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Presidential Debates: The Candidates in The New Yorker," 26 June 2019 Manville’s Mary is not merely distracted but positively a junkie with screaming nerves. Adina Hoffman, The New York Review of Books, "Geoffrey O’Brien," 18 Apr. 2019 Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota Adventure junkies, this one's for you. Sam Silverman, Health.com, "The 12 Best Bike Trails of 2019 for Summer Activities," 3 July 2019 Even news junkies had trouble keeping track of all the references and characters. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "“It’s the End of My Presidency”: Movie Stars Channel Mueller," 1 July 2019 For a Masters junkie, the film’s heart and soul are the stories from Augusta. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Caddie film ‘Loopers’ sheds new light on a golfer’s most important teammate," 6 June 2019 As for pop culture junkies looking to eat their sugary sweets in style? Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Travis Scott's custom Reese’s Puffs cereal box collaboration sold out in 30 seconds," 25 June 2019 Once appointment viewing for political junkies and C-SPAN addicts, the face-off between contenders for their parties’ nominations became an unexpected ratings bonanza four years ago. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Will the Democratic presidential primary debates be a boom or bust for TV news?," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of junkie

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of junkie was in 1923

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junkie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of junkie

informal
: 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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