junk email

noun

variants or less commonly junk e-mail
: spam in email form
… let's face it, we're all inundated by way too much junk email, and getting off those mailing lists can be a hassle …Rick Broida

Examples of junk email in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accounts can also be created with a junk email address or any anonymous email service. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 10 May 2024 Cyber Promotions quickly became so hated that a dozen Internet service providers, including AOL, sued Wallace in the late 1990s, each hoping to halt his flood of junk e-mail despite the lack of antispam laws at the time. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2020 Host shall have no liability for a winner's failure to receive notices due to winners' spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners' provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. The Cut, 5 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of junk email was in 1985

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“Junk email.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20email. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

junk email

noun
: spam
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