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


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