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

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Often these are junk foods that only increase inflammation, which exacerbates those sad feelings. Martine Thompson, Bon Appetit, "What to Eat When You Feel Moody AF," 20 Mar. 2018 To rule out the possibility that someone was taking out all the healthy options and leaving the junk food in the boxes, Colón Ramos and a team of students tracked relief boxes from FEMA’s central distribution center on the island to the town. Laura Olivieri Robles And Reynaldo Leanos Jr., USA TODAY, "Puerto Rico food aid brought too much salt and sugar, some residents say," 1 Feb. 2018 One of us needs to exhale Darcel Rockett: Jen is still on a downward spiral of junk food and self pity that not even her babies, her girls at the salon or Desna can pull her out of it. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 3 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Russian Navy’ and the sinking of the S.S. Jen," 25 June 2018 Meet Donut Fries, which transform those beloved spherical pastries, doughnuts, into a bag of sugar-sweet sticks with the portability of french fries, the ideal junk food for life on the run. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Doughnuts in stick form: Dunkin' debuts Donut Fries," 27 June 2018 The girl grows into an adult with an insatiable sweet tooth, for whom junk food has never lost the shiny allure of the forbidden. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "In praise of IHOP’s cupcake pancake, the pinnacle of junk food," 22 June 2018 Nothing ends a night of partying quite like eating junk food at 4 a.m.--or in Machine Gun Kelly's case, rummaging through Jamie Foxx's snacks. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Machine Gun Kelly Admits He Raided Jamie Foxx's Pantry, Stole Fruit Roll-Ups & Goldfish," 26 June 2018 In the most wonderfully weird tale, Sedaris discovers some people feeding snapping turtles Pop Tarts, potato chips and all sorts of other junk food. Caroline Leavitt, SFChronicle.com, "'Calypso,' by David Sedaris," 22 June 2018 With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to pack up the family, grab some road-trip junk food, and explore the Lone Star State. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Five Texas road trips perfect for families," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of junk food

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of junk food

: 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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