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 Many of us are self-medicating with junk food or alcohol or other drugs to make it through. John Duffy, CNN, "These people thrived in pandemic isolation -- and aren't ready to return to 'normal' socializing," 9 Apr. 2021 The videos featuring junk food have collectively been viewed more than 1 billion times. Anahad O’connor New York Times, Star Tribune, "Are Youtube 'kidfluencers' making our kids fat?," 14 Nov. 2020 Fast food, grocery store delis and junk food altered the availability of a quick meal. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1953, Anchorage restaurant workers were unionized, and powerful enough that they shut down almost every restaurant in town," 14 Mar. 2021 However, even the best liposuction won’t have long-lasting results if the client, after the operation, only eats junk food and remains sedentary. Danny Star, Forbes, "What Online Reputation Management Really Is: Speaking Up For Yourself," 1 Mar. 2021 Parents beware: Many YouTube channels that are wildly popular with young children are targeting them with thinly veiled ads for sugary beverages and junk food. Anahad O’connor New York Times, Star Tribune, "Are Youtube 'kidfluencers' making our kids fat?," 14 Nov. 2020 The excuse for grabbing junk food is our lack of time to get something healthier. Colin Daniels, Chron, "Maintain your 2021 nutrition goals on the go," 12 Jan. 2021 Eve by eating junk food at home with his wife and their four children. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "R.I. doctor to get second vaccine dose on Saturday, but warns, ‘We’re really in the tsunami of this pandemic’," 30 Dec. 2020 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

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First Known Use of junk food

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of junk food was in 1952

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14 Apr 2021

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“Junk food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20food. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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