junky

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adjective

junkier; junkiest
informal
: of inferior quality especially due to being worn out or cheaply made : having the character of junk
a junky old car
You have to wander all over the huge, overlit store's crowded aisles to find the stuff you want, and you have to maneuver your junky cart through all these other tired, hurried people with carts … David Foster Wallace
… it's engagingly junky entertainment, with a healthy sense of its own ludicrousness. Owen Gleiberman
It didn't seem right driving to the meetings, so I rode a junky old bike from my garage. David L'Heureux

junky

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noun

less common spelling of junkie

1
a
disparaging + offensive : a person who is addicted to narcotics and especially to heroin
b
: a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something
a television news junkie
Adrenaline junkies weren't the only ones who marveled as Austrian daredevil Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest and fastest skydive … Maura Judkis
2
: a junk dealer

Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of junky was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Junky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junky. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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