junk food


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

worrying about kids eating too much junk food eating too many junk foods
Recent Examples on the Web After five nights of normal sleep, however, this pattern of stronger brain responses to the junk food disappeared. Star Tribune, "How foods may affect our sleep," 8 Jan. 2021 Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease increased in Brazil in recent years as people adopted more sedentary lifestyles and junk food became increasingly cheap and accessible. New York Times, "Brazil Is Famous for Its Meat. But Vegetarianism Is Soaring.," 26 Dec. 2020 Start the new year with healthy eating habits and cut out junk food. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Say good riddance to 2020. 6 ways to reboot and start a fresh year with better habits and better gear.," 26 Dec. 2020 Joel Bitonio just wants to see some decorations and eat a little junk food with his co-workers. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Intensive COVID-19 protocols create very different environment for Browns: ‘The part I miss the most is the interaction’," 20 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, everyone loses everything that matters, while the world fills up with junk bonds, junk mail, junk education, junk food and junk art. Scott Bradfield, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Make William Gaddis your quarantine buddy," 17 Dec. 2020 Clear the junk food out of your pantry, and make cooking meals together part of your family’s routine. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "As stay-at-home restrictions rise, here are ways to cope," 2 Dec. 2020 In addition to her new skincare line and devotion to sunscreen, Lopez also credits her daily exercise routine and healthy dietary habits (little to no alcohol and junk food) as the key to looking ageless. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's JLo Beauty Is Here—See Every Product," 2 Dec. 2020 And try not to drown out sorrows with junk food and alcohol. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "It’s not too late: 5 ways to dramatically lower your COVID Thanksgiving risk," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of junk food

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Junk food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20food. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junk food

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

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Kids Definition of junk food

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

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