junk mail


Definition of junk mail

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

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My data helped identify me to Chase’s marketing partners, who send me junk mail. Washington Post, "The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem," 23 Aug. 2019 That way, there's at least something good coming from junk mail! Pat S., Fort Wayne, Ind. Heloise’s column appears six days a week at washingtonpost.com/advice. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: The correct handling of chicken," 27 June 2019 Those willing to shell out a couple dollars could enjoy substantially less junk mail. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Drowning in junk mail? Here are some tips to get rid of it," 1 July 2019 Not to mention the food containers and never-ending catalogues and junk mail. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 Block annoying senders Gmail has a sophisticated spam filter, which should protect your inbox from most junk mail. Kim Komando, Fox News, "10 useful Gmail settings you'll wish you knew sooner," 4 Aug. 2018 Zero Waste guidelines suggest refusing such things as business cards, pens, free stuff at concerts and sporting events, fliers, catalogues, food samples in grocery stores, keychains, commemorative plastic anythings, junk mail, hard copies of bills. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "I tried reducing my trash. You can, too. Start by examining it.," 7 July 2018 Paperless billing services help, as do services to opt out of junk mail. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 Mixed paper, which covers junk mail, magazines, telephone books and more, poses a particular problem. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of junk mail

1921, in the meaning defined above

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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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