[ jang-kee ]

  1. inferior in quality: a low-budget janky recording.

  2. not working or operating properly: a janky old car;the game's janky interface.

  1. untrustworthy; disreputable: He's a good guy but has some weird and janky friends.

  2. undesirable; dilapidated or run-down: He's from the janky part of town where there was a shooting the other night.

Origin of janky

First recorded in 1990–95; origin uncertain; perhaps a regional or affected pronunciation of junky1

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