junkie

noun junk·ie \ ˈjəŋ-kē \
variants: or less commonly junky
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of junkie

plural junkies
1 a : 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

Examples of junkie in a Sentence

  1. heroin junkies wasting their lives

Recent Examples of junkie from the Web

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First Known Use of junkie

1923

junkie Synonyms

Synonyms
addict, dopehead, druggie (also druggy), fiend, freak [slang], head, hophead [slang], hype [slang], doper (also junky), stoner, user
Antonyms
nonaddict, nonuser
Related Words
acidhead, cokehead, crackhead, pothead, speed freak; burnout
Near Antonyms
nonadmirer; belittler, carper, critic, detractor

JUNKIE Defined for English Language Learners

junkie

noun

Definition of junkie for English Language Learners

  • : 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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