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 An episode might follow someone who had long suffered driving an unreliable, junker of a car. New York Times, 11 July 2022 The pair work together to repair a junker training robot to get ring-ready, while simultaneously mending their relationship. Nick Romano, EW.com, 13 Jan. 2022 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, 31 Mar. 2020 Fans buy cheap junker cars and drive ’em to the game. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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, 19 July 2019 Both men were spending the weekend in the back bed of their junker pickup trucks. Jason Nark, Philly.com, 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, 29 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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22 Jul 2022

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“Junker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junker. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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