junk mail


Definition of junk mail

: unsolicited mail that consists mainly of promotional materials, catalogs, and requests for donations

Examples of junk mail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For years, postage on letters and junk mail has generally been capped at inflation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How to Save the Post Office, Maybe," 26 Apr. 2021 That inspired the use of Spam as the go-to term for online junk mail, initially by a programmer named Joel Furr in the early 1990s. Ralph Keyes, Time, "From ‘Scientist’ to ‘Spam,’ the Surprisingly Playful Origins of English Words," 1 Apr. 2021 Many people in both the first and second round of stimulus payments mistook the debit card for junk mail. Washington Post, "The IRS has sent out 90 million stimulus payments. Here’s how to check when yours will arrive.," 16 Mar. 2021 Special Delivery After more than thirty years of service, the familiar Grumman LLV trucks that have been hauling around your junk mail are finally going to be replaced. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: Lexus IS500, Wrangler 392, the New Post Mobile," 26 Feb. 2021 One additional way to cut paper waste is to opt out of junk mail. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "10 easy ways to 'Go Green' in 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 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 Trying to stay informed on Parler is like trying to divine the news by reading your grandparents’ junk mail. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Parler’s vibe is MAGA-red and unreal. Extremism by design?," 25 Nov. 2020 This trouble in disposing of items, even common items like junk mail, plastic bags, and plastic containers, leads to the accumulation of clutter. Carol Mathews, Quartz, "Hoarding, stockpiling, panic buying: What’s normal behavior in an abnormal time?," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of junk mail

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of junk mail was in 1921

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9 May 2021

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“Junk mail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20mail. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junk mail

: mail that is not wanted : mail that consists mostly of advertising

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