Synonyms & Antonyms of junk

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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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How is the word junk different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of junk are cast, discard, scrap, shed, and slough. While all these words mean "to get rid of," scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.

scrap all the old ways

would junk our educational system

When is it sensible to use cast instead of junk?

The meanings of cast and junk largely overlap; however, cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.

cast off her friends

Where would discard be a reasonable alternative to junk?

Although the words discard and junk have much in common, discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.

discard old clothes

How do shed and slough relate to one another, in the sense of junk?

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

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

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“Junk.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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