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 Big Mama used the back of junk mail envelopes to balance her budget. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 The whiffs on ball carriers piled up like junk mail at election time. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2023 The Impact of Junk Mail The effects of junk mail are far-reaching. Rebecca Clarke, Treehugger, 25 July 2023 In a two-page order, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee wrote off the brochure as junk mail and not a violation of legal ethics or an attempt to harass the defendants who received it. Chris Joyner, ajc, 14 Sep. 2023 There is suspiciously little junk mail, given that his email addresses are freely available to the public through a quick Google search. Lauren Larson, Men's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 That can happen because the enrollee has moved sometime in the last few years and thus never received a renewal application, or was confused by the application or mistook it for junk mail and ignored or discarded it. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), well over 4 million tons of junk mail are produced each year. Rebecca Clarke, Treehugger, 25 July 2023 The cards came in plain white envelopes that confused some families who mistook them for junk mail. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of junk mail was in 1921

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“Junk mail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20mail. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

junk mail

: mail that consists mostly of advertising circulars and is often addressed to "occupant" or "resident"

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