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1 that which is of low quality or worth
  • couldn't believe that such junk was chosen to be read for the book club
  • my car is junk—it spends more time in the shop than on the road

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2 discarded or useless material
  • junk on the side of the road waiting for the trash collection

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discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

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The first known use of junk was in the 14th century

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“Junk.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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