junk·​ie | \ ˈjəŋ-kē How to pronounce junkie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
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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While fashion junkies head to London for the next stop, there were some industry insiders who hit the streets. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: The Fashion Insiders Who Hit The Streets," 13 Sep. 2019 There are disputes about noise and public spaces — and at the extreme end of the spectrum is the question of what to do about all the junkies. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Harm-Reduction Beats Drug War as a Response to Addiction," 6 Sep. 2019 Some scientists, meteorology buffs, and adrenaline junkies hit the road during tornado season to chase storms. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 Also, fitness junkies started to boycott SoulCycle after its owner was outed as a Trump fundraiser. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Trump Named the Wrong City for Ohio's Mass Shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 Daredevils and adrenaline junkies, don't start booking your flights to Norway just yet—as of right now, the boutique hotel proposal is still just a concept. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "An Architect Designed an Insane Hotel That Hangs Off a Cliff And It’s Terrifying," 25 July 2019 Meanwhile, the football junkies among us long for the season. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?," 14 June 2019 The new attractions in South Bay Shores will include: Shark Reef Plunge: This will likely be the No. 1 attraction for adrenaline junkies at South Bay Shores. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Great America in Santa Clara details plans for ‘completely transformed’ water park," 8 Aug. 2019 Blunder’s advice for foundation junkies looking to make the transition? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Base Jump: Laura Mercier’s New Tinted Moisturizers Will Make You Rethink Your Foundation Routine," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of junkie

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of junkie was in 1902

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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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