Definition of junkie in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌŋki
(also junky)


  • 1A drug addict.
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    • I thought my destiny was to be a heroin addict, a junkie for the rest of my life; I couldn't stop myself and I didn't know a way out.
    • For the past eight years, Moira's been on methadone, a drug most imagine only junkies use to get off heroin.
    • Only two respondents in this sample were currently relapsing addicts / junkies.
  • 1.1 [with modifier] A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something: power junkies
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    • With my fabulous culture junkie friends Peter and Jaq, we went to the movies last night.
    • Where does the average information starved Net junkie go in such a case?
    • However, I'm a noise junky, and a compulsive multitasker, so the TV's on most of the time.


1920s (originally US): from junk1.

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