noun (1)
junk·​er | \ ˈjəŋ-kər How to pronounce junker (audio) \

Definition of junker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as an automobile) of such age and condition as to be ready for scrapping


noun (2)
Jun·​ker | \ ˈyu̇ŋ-kər How to pronounce Junker (audio) \

Definition of Junker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of the Prussian landed aristocracy

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Noun (2)

Junkerdom \ ˈyu̇ŋ-​kər-​dəm How to pronounce Junker (audio) \ noun
Junkerism \ ˈyu̇ŋ-​kə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce Junker (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of junker in a Sentence

Noun (1) I can't believe he's still driving that old junker. they finally traded in their old junker for a nice new car
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of the cars are modified, many remain original and, unlike many hoards of this size, there’s not a junker in the bunch. Fox News, "Moon-Walk bounce-house inventor's massive secret car collection up for auction," 31 Mar. 2020 Fans buy cheap junker cars and drive ’em to the game. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "You won’t believe what happened in Bay Area sports from 2020 to 2029," 1 Jan. 2020 Wall Street short sellers, many of whom have long believed Elon Musk's electric car maker Telsa is a junker, got run over on Thursday, losing about $1.5 billion in one day on their bearish bets after the company reported a rare quarterly profit. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Tesla short sellers lose $1.5 billion in a single day," 24 Oct. 2019 Sommer fell for his first old car at age 9 when his father paid a neighbor $15 for a Ford Model T junker in about 1942. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Concours d’Elegance founder, classic car guru Don Sommer dies at 86," 19 July 2019 Both men were spending the weekend in the back bed of their junker pickup trucks. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Destined for the junkyard, beloved lemons hit the South Jersey track," 11 May 2018 Melin quit college and was working at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino buffet and driving a junker car to work. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "How two Louisville college dropouts in their 20s made a mint in Bitcoins," 29 Mar. 2018 One of the biggest mysteries in the Star Wars franchise was seemingly solved in The Last Jedi, when Rey learned her parents were nothing but lowlife junkers who traded their daughter to get off the planet. Matt Miller, Esquire, "The Mystery of Rey's Parents Might Not Be Solved Yet," 2 Jan. 2018 Nicks took the junker and built a shed around it, investing seven months and about $6500. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Building Speed: Nitrous-Juiced Shed on Wheels Hits 96.8 MPH [Video]," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of junker

Noun (1)

1932, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for junker

Noun (1)

junk entry 1 + -er entry 2

Noun (2)

German, from Old High German junchērro, literally, young lord

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“Junker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junker. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junker

US, informal : an old car, truck, etc., that is in very poor condition

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