noun \ˈjəŋk\

Definition of JUNK

:  pieces of old cable or cordage used especially to make gaskets, mats, swabs, or oakum
a (1) :  old iron, glass, paper, or other waste that may be used again in some form (2) :  secondhand, worn, or discarded articles (3) :  clutter 1b
b :  something of poor quality :  trash
c :  something of little meaning, worth, or significance
slang :  narcotics; especially :  heroin
:  junk bond
a :  baseball pitches that break or are off-speed (as curveballs or changeups)
b slang :  male genitalia
junky \ˈjəŋ-kē\ adjective

Origin of JUNK

Middle English jonke
First Known Use: 14th century



: to get rid of (something) because it is worthless, damaged, etc.

Full Definition of JUNK

transitive verb
:  to get rid of as worthless :  scrap

Examples of JUNK

  1. We decided to junk our old computer and buy a new one.
  2. <we'll have to junk this old car>

First Known Use of JUNK




Definition of JUNK

:  any of various ships of Chinese waters with bluff lines, a high poop and overhanging stem, little or no keel, high pole masts, and a deep rudder

Illustration of JUNK

Origin of JUNK

Portuguese junco, from Javanese joṅ
First Known Use: 1609


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Modern junk with traditional matting sails and a European-type jib—BBC Hulton Picture Library

Classic Chinese sailing vessel of ancient unknown origin, still in wide use. High-sterned, with a projecting bow, the junk carries up to five masts on which are set square sails consisting of panels of linen or matting flattened by bamboo strips. Each sail can be spread or closed at a pull, like a venetian blind. The massive rudder takes the place of a keel. Chinese junks were sailing to Indonesian and Indian waters by the early Middle Ages.


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