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 The group that thought about their close friends first were much more likely to buy junk food than protective items, despite the warnings. Jen Christensen, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 Heavyweights follows Gerry and a group of plus-size kids during a summer at Camp Hope, a weight loss camp where counselors turn the other cheek when campers smuggle in junk food. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 20 Feb. 2022 Nelly, who asked to be identified by her childhood nickname, wasn’t allowed to sit on the couch or eat junk food. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2022 The cult film Idiocracy (2006) imagines a future in which Americans' mental capacities have been degraded by generations of pop culture, junk food, and–how to put this delicately–unselective breeding. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 1 Mar. 2022 Cookies, ice cream and other junk food will not cross my threshold. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Cerebral, a mental health company that hired Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles as its chief impact officer, published an ad where a woman was surrounded by junk food such as chips and cake. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 One of the ads run by Cerebral, which was recently valued at $4.8 billion and has hired Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles as its chief impact officer, featured a woman surrounded by junk food such as cake, doughnuts and chips. NBC News, 27 Jan. 2022 This stress, say the authors, might have had a direct impact on blood pressure, or an indirect impact, for instance by increasing alcohol or junk food consumption, which in turn increase blood pressure. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of junk food

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Junk food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20food. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of junk food

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

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