junk sick

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junk sick

  1. (slang) Experiencing the nausea sometimes suffered by the user of a narcotic the following day, or after the effects of the drug begin to wear off.
    • "I checked into the hospital junk sick and spent four days there ..." - William S. Burroughs, from The Yagé Letters, 1953
  2. (slang) Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when referring to the use of narcotics, often having flu-like symptoms.
    • "... a few old relics from hop smoking times, spectral janitors, grey as ashes, phantom porters sweeping out dusty halls with a slow old man's hand, coughing and spitting in the junk-sick dawn ..." - William S. Burroughs, from Naked Lunch, 1959

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used especially in reference to heroin use.

See also[edit]


  • The Yagé Letters [1] - William S. Burroughs [2]
Naked Lunch [3] - William S. Burroughs [4]