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junkie

Noun

1 a narcotics addict [syn: drug addict, junky]
2 someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; "a golf addict"; "a car nut"; "a news junkie" [syn: addict, nut, freak, junky]

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Noun

  1. In the context of "slang|pejorative": A narcotics addict, especially referring to heroin users.
  2. In the context of "by extension": An enthusiast of something.
    My uncle is a classic car junkie.

Quotations

  • 1982: The Message (song) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
    Rats in the front room, roaches in the back. Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat.

Translations

a narcotics/drug addict
  • Estonian: narkar
  • Finnish: narkomaani, narkkari qualifier slang
  • Polish: narkoman, ćpun qualifier slang
  • Spanish: yonqui

Extensive Definition

The word junkie (or junky) was initially used to describe a heroin addict, “junk“ being a slang term for heroin. However, as the term gained currency, enthusiasts in any specific area began to call themselves “junkies“, as in the phrases “science fiction junkie“ or “political junkie“.
English use of the term in a sentence: “Mr. Cornish, stop your drug use, it has turned you into a real junkie.” Or other variations of the term, such as ‘junk box’. For instance, “Mr. Cornish, stop being such a junk box.”
Other uses of the term include:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

LSD user, acidhead, addict, alcoholic, chain smoker, cocaine sniffer, cokie, cubehead, dipsomaniac, dope fiend, doper, drug abuser, drug addict, drug user, drunkard, fiend, freak, glue sniffer, habitual, head, heavy smoker, hophead, hype, marijuana smoker, methhead, narcotics addict, pillhead, pothead, snowbird, speed freak, tripper, user
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