adjective, junk·i·er, junk·i·est.

  1. of the nature of junk; trashy.

noun, plural junk·ies.

  1. junkie.

noun Informal.

  1. a drug addict, especially one addicted to heroin.
  2. a person with an insatiable craving for something: a chocolate junkie.
  3. an enthusiastic follower; fan; devotee: a baseball junkie.

noun plural junkies

  1. an informal word for a drug addict, esp one who injects heroin into himself

“run-down, seedy, trashy,” 1876, from junk (n.1) + -y (2).


“drug addict,” 1923, from junk (n.1) in the narcotics sense + -y (3). Junker in the same sense is recorded from 1922. Junk for “narcotic” is older.

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