noun (1)
\ ˈjəŋk How to pronounce junk (audio) \

Definition of junk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : old iron, glass, paper, or other waste that may be used again in some form
(2) : secondhand, worn, or discarded articles
b : something of poor quality : trash
c : something of little meaning, worth, or significance
2 : pieces of old cable or cordage used especially to make gaskets, mats, swabs, or oakum
3 slang : narcotics especially : heroin
4 : junk bond
5 : baseball pitches that break or are off-speed (such as curveballs or changeups)
6 slang : male genitalia


junked; junking; junks

Definition of junk (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to get rid of as worthless : scrap


noun (2)

Definition of junk (Entry 3 of 3)

: any of various ships of Chinese waters with bluff lines, a high poop and overhanging stem, little or no keel, high pole masts, and a deep rudder

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Noun (2)


In the meaning defined above

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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

Examples of junk in a Sentence

Verb We decided to junk our old computer and buy a new one. we'll have to junk this old car

First Known Use of junk

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1911, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for junk

Noun (1)

Middle English jonke

Noun (2)

Portuguese junco, from Javanese joṅ

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“Junk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈjəŋk How to pronounce junk (audio) \

Kids Definition of junk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : things that have been thrown away or are of little value or use
2 : a poorly made product
3 : something of little meaning, worth, or significance There's nothing but junk on TV tonight.


junked; junking

Kids Definition of junk (Entry 2 of 3)

: to get rid of as worthless : scrap I'm junking this car.



Kids Definition of junk (Entry 3 of 3)

: an Asian sailing boat that is high in the front

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