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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. Resembling or characteristic of junk; cheap, worthless, or of low quality. n. (context slang pejorative English) (alternative spelling of junkie English)

  1. n. a narcotics addict [syn: drug addict, junkie]

  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, junkie]

Usage examples of "junky".

Revenge for the girl-child who had been no more than a shield, revenge for all the cluck heads and the junkies who had found willing and cooperative allies in their attempt at anesthetic self-destruction, revenge for all the non-white peoples of the world who had stumbled into the snares set by their own kind in the holy name of profit.

He had three gigs lined up over the weekend - a Saturday nighter at the Astoria with the regulars and then two club gigs as a member of a completely different Dead Junkies line-up with another set of local musicians.

The Dead Junkies had a couple of gigs over the weekend and he was expecting a bunch of musicians to descend on his home within the hour for a combined rehearsal and musical strategy session.

In thirty-two years he had seen the full pageant of human misery walk through his door - all ages, sexes, colours, shapes, sizes, and with every kink in the book: junkies, pushers, pros-ties, pimps, thieves, kooks, killers, you name it.

The vibrating soundless hum of deep forest orgone accumulators, the sudden silence of cities when the junky cops and even the Commuter buzzes clogged lines of cholesterol for contact.

You know, CNN junky, shooting pistols instead of playing golf, playing paintball all weekend.

Kim wozencraft From the high of crystalline chemicals hitting the brain to the spacey patois of junkies and the roar of a shotgun going off in a secluded trailer, Kim Wozencraft has written a spectacular novel: as tough as Joseph Wambaugh, as gritty as broken glass, as shockingly real as it gets.

This book spill off the page in all directions, kaleidescope of vistas, medley of tunes and street noises, farts and riot yipes and the slamming steel shutters of commerce, screams of pain and pathos and screams plain pathic, copulating cats and outraged squawk of the displaced bull head, prophetic mutterings of brujo in nutmeg trances, snapping necks and screaming mandrakes, sigh of orgasm, heroin silent as dawn in the thirsty cells, Radio Cairo screaming like a berserk tobacco auction, and flutes of Ramadan fanning the sick junky like a gentle lush worker in the grey subway dawn feeling with delicate fingers for the green folding crackle.

The eyes of every viewer panicked by retrovirus homophobic hysteria would be glued to the set, ready to see if the Democrats would endorse the pollution of their bodily fluids by lurking sodomites and junkies drooling contamination from every orifice.

Ticket stubs from a Cowboy Junkies concert, a Bon Jovi concert, a Billy Joel concert, a Paula Poundstone show.

Drunks sit together, Cokeheads sit together, Crackheads sit together, Junkies sit together, Pillpoppers sit together.

The very people who had looked at him as if they were looking at a godthe students, ordinary fans, sports junkies in front of the TV sets, all those hooples who wanted a little piece of Go go Jojo, an autograph, a smile, a wave, or just the chance of being in the same place he was, breathing the same air he breathedeven they would avert their eyes!

Pimps, wiseguys, junkies, and jackrollers knew to take their business up the street.

Maybe it was just the sheer magnificence of her, paradoxically, that made it seem even junkier than it was.

In all the course of my practices, I have never seen a schizophrenic junky, and junkies are mostly of the schizo physical type.