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

Synonyms for junker

Synonyms: Noun (1)

beater, clunker, crate, jalopy

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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

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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 Bigfoot sails over some junkers in a 1989 event in Anaheim, California. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "What I'd Do Differently: Bigfoot Creator Bob Chandler," 13 July 2017 Their signature acquisition of the winter, Melancon, already had become as useless as heated leather seats in a junker on cement blocks. Andrew Baggarly, The Mercury News, "Melancon’s blown save negates Pence’s first pinch homer as Arenado’s cycle beats Giants," 18 June 2017 State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, a Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, a Democrat, have pushed this junker to the finish line, bringing a bill early in session that many — including us — wrote off as less-than-ideal. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Jalopy of a budget deal is too sweet to pass up," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of junker

Noun (1)

1944, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1554, 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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English Language Learners Definition of junker

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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