junkie

Definitions

General English

  • noun a person who is addicted to an illegal drug
  • noun a person who is very enthusiastic about something and cannot get enough of it

Slang

  • noun a drug addict, a habitual user of ‘hard’ drugs such as heroin or morphine. The term, derived from the word junk, became popular in the USA in the 1920s and spread to Britain and Australia in the 1950s.
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