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junkier; junkiest
: of inferior quality especially due to being worn out or cheaply made : having the character of junk
a junky old car
You have to wander all over the huge, overlit store's crowded aisles to find the stuff you want, and you have to maneuver your junky cart through all these other tired, hurried people with carts …David Foster Wallace
… it's engagingly junky entertainment, with a healthy sense of its own ludicrousness.Owen Gleiberman
It didn't seem right driving to the meetings, so I rode a junky old bike from my garage.David L'Heureux


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less common spelling of junkie

disparaging + offensive : a person who is addicted to narcotics and especially to heroin
: a person who gets an unusual amount of pleasure from or has an unusual amount of interest in something
a television news junkie
Adrenaline junkies weren't the only ones who marveled as Austrian daredevil Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest and fastest skydive …Maura Judkis
: a junk dealer

Examples of junky in a Sentence

Adjective that broken watch you're wearing is junky a junky coat that is sure to fall apart after one winter
Recent Examples on the Web
The restaurant only has one Formica table in a junky storage area by the drink fountain. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 June 2024 The temperature sensor—embracing the worst of junky smartphone gimmicks One big change to the Pixel 8 Pro this year is the addition of a barely functional temperature sensor. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2023 But Heather struggled with too many junky apps and found the parental control features difficult to use. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 States around the country have been arguably more successful in going after junky travel fees than the federal government has. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 That helicopter money is causing a run on junk bonds, which suddenly don't seem so junky. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 22 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of junky was in 1880

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“Junky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junky. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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