Definition of junkie in English:

junkie

(also junky)

noun

informal
  • 1A drug addict.

    • ‘It's like the junkies who do drug runs for their dealers for a couple of hits.’
    • ‘They should stick to the issues - like why they don't want crack heads and junkies to go to jail.’
    • ‘Only two respondents in this sample were currently relapsing addicts / junkies.’
    • ‘Teenage drug users in Alice Springs take offence to being called addicts, junkies, criminals and so on.’
    • ‘Whether you are a junky or a functional addict, heroin runs your life.’
    • ‘Since being with my wife even the junkies I hang around with say they've noticed a big difference in me.’
    • ‘For the past eight years, Moira's been on methadone, a drug most imagine only junkies use to get off heroin.’
    • ‘It's comparable to finding junky hypodermics in the gutter at the Magic Kingdom.’
    • ‘I was born a junky, weaned off heroin using methadone in the first weeks of my life.’
    • ‘Leo tries selling drugs to some junkies, but they refuse to pay.’
    • ‘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.’
    abuser, user
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    1. 1.1[with modifier] A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something:
      ‘power junkies’
      • ‘I know, that's the basic form addiction takes, and anyone who knows me properly knows I'm a complete caffeine junkie at the best of times.’
      • ‘Fiercely proud to be British, he said it made him miserable to ‘have our prime minister kowtow to a power junkie in Washington’.’
      • ‘He was a popular culture junkie and spent a lot of time in high school watching old movies on television.’
      • ‘The EU, US, Japan and other subsidy junkies must kick the habit.’
      • ‘I love my computer; I think it's quite safe to say that I am complete computer junkie.’
      • ‘The subsidy junkie label was not unreasonably applied to many farmers.’
      • ‘Where does the average information starved Net junkie go in such a case?’
      • ‘Like all addicts, Blackberry junkies are easy to spot.’
      • ‘With my fabulous culture junkie friends Peter and Jaq, we went to the movies last night.’
      • ‘However, I'm a noise junky, and a compulsive multitasker, so the TV's on most of the time.’

Origin

1920s (originally US): from junk.

Pronunciation:

junkie

/ˈdʒʌŋki/