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


addict, dopehead, doper, druggie (also druggy), fiend, freak [slang], head, hophead [slang], hype [slang], stoner, user


nonaddict, nonuser

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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives

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And, really, what could be more thrilling for a beauty junkie than a 10-percent-glycolic body lotion that targets dryness, dullness, and texture? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts for the Skin Care–Obsessed Best Friend in Your life," 12 Nov. 2018 Serious beauty junkies don’t mess around with things like eye serums, which is perhaps why CBD beauty companies have avoided them so far. Claire Valentine, The Cut, "12 CBD Beauty Products for Celebrating 420," 20 Apr. 2018 Leave it to two political junkies to get married in front of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Here's Everything We Know About Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough's Secret Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 The holidays have come early for beauty junkies and Kylie Jenner fans. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Kylie Cosmetics 2018 Holiday Collection," 14 Nov. 2018 My son, who’s a math junkie, couldn’t get enough of the math-nerd-saves-the-day scenes, only to give up on the movie when the Athletics’ travails in the field proved too stressful to watch. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Nine Movies That Can Teach Your Children About Business," 25 Nov. 2018 This trip is for wanna-be undercover agents and adrenaline junkies who'll race exotic supercars, jump out of planes, and get insider training from Special Operations Forces veterans—parachutists, divers, even ex-Marines. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts for the Try-Anything Traveler," 18 Oct. 2018 Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Pop Shop Podcast: 'Greatest Showman' Producer Greg Wells Talks Mega-Hit Soundtrack, Plus Working With Adele, Katy Perry & More," 10 July 2018 The crew can take hours to get the perfect shot. #Realestate junkies: this one’s for you! Megan Friedman, House Beautiful, "A Realtor Has Revealed Exactly What It’s Like To Film 'House Hunters'," 17 Aug. 2018

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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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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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