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junk

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noun \ˈjəŋk\

Definition of junk

  1. 1 :  pieces of old cable or cordage used especially to make gaskets, mats, swabs, or oakum

  2. 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. 3 slang :  narcotics; especially :  heroin

  4. 4 :  junk bond

  5. 5 a :  baseball pitches that break or are off-speed (as curveballs or changeups)b slang :  male genitalia

junky

play \ˈjəŋ-kē\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of junk

Middle English jonke


First Known Use: 14th century


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junk

verb

Simple Definition of junk

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of junk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to get rid of as worthless :  scrap

Examples of junk in a sentence

  1. We decided to junk our old computer and buy a new one.

  2. <we'll have to junk this old car>



1916

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>.

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junk

noun

Definition of junk

  1. :  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 and Etymology of junk

Portuguese junco, from Javanese joṅ


First Known Use: 1609



JUNK Defined for Kids

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junk

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noun \ˈjəŋk\

Definition of junk for Students

  1. 1 :  things that have been thrown away or are of little value or use

  2. 2 :  a poorly made product

  3. 3 :  something of little meaning, worth, or significance <There's nothing but junk on TV tonight.>




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junk

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verb

Definition of junk for Students

junked

junking

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




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junk

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noun

Definition of junk for Students

  1. :  an Asian sailing boat that is high in the front





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