Definition of druggy in US English:



  • Caused by, involving, or given to taking drugs, especially illegal ones.

    ‘a druggy haze’
    ‘the druggy world of rock and roll’
    • ‘He made some excellent, and certainly druggy, music.’
    • ‘Sliding into druggy paranoia, Beverly sees mutant women wherever he looks.’
    • ‘The band seems to be shooting for a dreamy, druggy vibe, but sludgy tunes like ‘Manatee Man’ are too forgettable to hold even a stoner's interest.’
    • ‘Four songs - Playgrounds and City Parks, the druggy Love in Veins, Slideling and the fabulous Stake Your Claim - hold their own with the best of his canon.’
    • ‘The sick alcoholic sweat of Willard under the fan at the start is echoed in the druggy fever of the photographer at the close.’
    • ‘Imagine the stylized druggy scenes from Requiem for a Dream amplified by a magnitude of ten and you'll be close to understanding director Akerlund's pull-out-all-the-stops approach.’
    • ‘With this third album, though, their druggy self-mythologising has taken on a darker hue.’
    • ‘And yet they just don't sound all that druggy to me.’
    • ‘Most of the songs are hazy, druggy messes with little structure or melody.’
    • ‘You can never have too much raw, sleazy, druggy rock in your life.’
    • ‘One day, at East Dulwich boating pond, I experienced a druggy ecstasy.’
    • ‘Flying solo, her druggy delivery merely hovers rather than soaring or swooping.’
    • ‘Their clinical detachment also insulates them from their influences' anxiety-producing aspects: the anger, the druggy sloppiness, the overblown egos.’
    • ‘It's such a bizarre and disjointed album, confrontational and spaced, an incredibly druggy and disorienting experience.’
    • ‘Pierce foregoes the druggy melancholy of old - most of the time - and some of it even sounds bright and upbeat.’
    • ‘Tomaselli's were druggy hallucinations on a black background.’
    • ‘The festival also boasts the world premiere of American director Chuck Parello's serial killer movie Hillside Strangler, a true-crime tale of druggy decadence in 70s California.’
    • ‘Tom had, before falling off a balcony in Notting Hill, initiated his very young wife into the ways of druggy hippiedom.’
    • ‘It hasn't got the washed out, druggy funkiness of their later stuff.’
    • ‘Local critics tried to persuade Australian moviegoers that it represented some sort of breakthrough, with its mix of druggy teen grit and sexual come-of-age angst.’


  • variant spelling of druggie
    • ‘Behind the bleachers would be the druggies and elementary kids who were too busy chasing girls to focus on the game.’
    • ‘‘People like me who suffer every day aren't concerned about addiction or being labeled as druggies,’ he says.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that Jonah and Carl are druggies.’
    • ‘At the same time he paints a sad picture of the dreamland inhabited by his drunks, druggies and small-time punks.’
    • ‘The point of my letter was simply that it would make more sense to put these druggies to work, performing some of the unskilled mobs which are now delegated to foreign slave labour.’
    • ‘Spun puts a spin on the world of druggies, drug makers, and drug dealers.’
    • ‘I hated the druggies who threw their lives away for some artificial high.’
    • ‘They have grown up since the last time you have seen them; what if they are druggies or rapists?’
    • ‘Plus, drug therapy only works if the druggie really wants it to.’
    • ‘That's why my parents don't suspect I'm doing drugs since they think that all druggies get bad grades and do poorly in school.’
    • ‘If I started smoking pot then I would be a druggy.’
    • ‘But, to be fair, my class mainly consisted of mindless jocks, cheerleaders, and druggies.’
    • ‘Matthew gathered together all the people he knew, and that night Joshua and His friends partied the night away with a house full of dealers, thugs, pimps, druggies, hookers and the like.’
    • ‘Either way, deals amongst druggies are always cemented with the ceremonial passing of the needle.’
    • ‘His mother was a druggie, so ever since he was born, I've taken care of him.’
    • ‘Even without the druggies crowding the place, the apartment was still a dump.’
    • ‘Both dogs and druggies could benefit from this plan.’
    • ‘The sorry truth for all you druggies is that the myth that taking drugs equates to being a more interesting member of society has been exploded.’
    • ‘In terms of using the cash payment as an incentive to kick a drugs habit, you'd run up against the problem that some druggies would milk the system as long as possible to finance the drug habit.’
    • ‘I was going to tell you when we first met but then you mentioned how you tried to distance yourself from druggies.’
    abuser, user
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Late 16th century (as an adjective): from drug + -y. The noun dates from the 1960s.