junk·ie | \ ˈjəŋ-kē \
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, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker



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Examples of junkie in a Sentence

heroin junkies wasting their lives

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Studies have shown that steak lovers are at risk of colon cancer while chicken-breast junkies aren’t. Lydia Mulvany, The Seattle Times, "Impossible Foods fights for FDA approval on its meatless burgers," 23 Apr. 2018 The skinny: Butler signee is ranked 11th in the state by 247Sports and is known as a weight room junkie. Detroit Free Press, "Meet the Detroit Free Press All-State boys basketball teams," 15 Apr. 2018 Finally, yet another recent study hinted that one way to break the gaming trance is to put screen junkies on horseback. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.," 2 July 2018 Every beauty junkie faces a common dilemma: storing your makeup stash. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Beauty Blogger Michaela Podolsky Added Up Exactly How Much Her Beauty Stash Costs," 29 June 2018 Aman junkies no longer have to go the ends of the earth to experience the brand’s tranquil oases traditionally found in places such as Bhutan. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Best New Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles," 21 June 2018 The interior has a nautical theme as well as some quirky touches such as a turntable right at the entrance, with a stack of old records that most vinyl junkies will quickly start flipping through. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Can a Connecticut-based taco joint make it in Fort Worth? Its prez thinks so," 31 May 2018 Food truck junkies will find an array of gourmet options from more than a dozen food trucks parked along Village Place. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Balboa Park celebrates Founder's Day at Fiesta Botanica," 24 May 2018 Both basketball junkies, Durant and Harden hardly minded that their new town lacked the nightlife of other NBA markets. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on the practice court’ shaped Kevin Durant, James Harden into MVPs," 12 May 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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