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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Of all drug addictions, meth may be the most resistant to treatment—and to successful dramatization, since the junkie personality is, absent sustained clinical progress, a psychic shell. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Beautiful Boy’ Review: A Vicious Cycle," 11 Oct. 2018 Filled with interactive and of-the-moment exhibits, the Newseum is for more than just news junkies. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 Those early hoop dreams quickly manifested into any Bulls junkie’s fantasy. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 The Sky Tower itself has an observatory deck for bonkers views of the city and Pacific ocean, and adrenaline junkies can strap in and walk along an outside ledge or bungee jump (!) off the tallest manmade structure in the country. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019 My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. Nicole Sands, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Cornell's Daughter Debuts Their Prince Duet to Honor Her Late Dad on Father's Day," 18 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of junkie

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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