junk food

noun
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of junk food

1 : food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content
2 : something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value
  • video junk food

Examples of junk food in a Sentence

  1. worrying about kids eating too much junk food

  2. eating too many junk foods

Recent Examples of junk food from the Web

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First Known Use of junk food

1960


JUNK FOOD Defined for English Language Learners

junk food

noun

Definition of junk food for English Language Learners

  • : food that is not good for your health because it contains high amounts of fat or sugar


JUNK FOOD Defined for Kids

junk food

noun

Definition of junk food for Students

: food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content


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