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1junk

noun \ˈjəŋk\

Definition of JUNK

1
:  pieces of old cable or cordage used especially to make gaskets, mats, swabs, or oakum
2
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
3
slang :  narcotics; especially :  heroin
4
:  junk bond
5
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

2junk

verb

: 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

1916

Synonym Discussion of JUNK

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless <discard old clothes>. cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation <cast off her friends>. shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster <shed a bad habit> <finally sloughed off the depression>. scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form <scrap all the old ways> <would junk our educational system>.

3junk

noun

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
JUNKED Defined for Kids

1junk

noun \ˈjəŋk\

Definition of JUNK for Kids

1
:  things that have been thrown away or are of little value or use
2
:  a poorly made product
3
:  something of little meaning, worth, or significance <There's nothing but junk on TV tonight.>

2junk

verb
junkedjunk·ing

Definition of JUNK for Kids

:  to get rid of as worthless :  scrap <I'm junking this car.>

3junk

noun

Definition of JUNK for Kids

:  an Asian sailing boat that is high in the front

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