- any old or discarded material, as metal, paper, or rags.
- anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash.
- old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.
- Nautical Slang. salt junk.
- Baseball Slang. relatively slow, unorthodox pitches that are deceptive to the batter in movement or pace, as knuckleballs or forkballs.
- to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.
- cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.
Origin of junk1
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- a seagoing ship with a traditional Chinese design and used primarily in Chinese waters, having square sails spread by battens, a high stern, and usually a flat bottom.
Origin of junk2
- narcotics, especially heroin.
- the external genitals: I kicked him in the junk.
Origin of junk3
Examples from the Web for junk
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
For those in the resource world, every ton of junk that goes into a landfill represents wasted energy.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
(Or as Gehry framed it in the Sketches documentary: “mak[ing] beauty with junk”).Frank Gehry Is Architecture’s Mad Genius
October 27, 2014
I am just so convinced that junk food and high sugar food are undermining the health of people…It caused a lot of strain.Why the Rockefellers Rejected Big Oil
September 24, 2014
One is burned and damaged; another looks like a 1960s-style Airstream buried in a pile of old furniture, toys, and other junk.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Kay brought her to the heap of junk and placed the box on top of it.
Where the airplanes and other junk had been, was nothing but a heap of grayish dust.
And you keep it stuffed around in every junk hole from the roof to the cellar.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
The closet, full of the junk that had been thrown into it, followed.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
"I'm a hustler on a dicker, and a hellion on junk," snapped the boss.Blow The Man Down
- discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
- rubbish generally
- nonsensethe play was absolute junk
- slang any narcotic drug, esp heroin
- (tr) informal to discard as junk; scrap
- a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens
Word Origin and History for junk
"worthless stuff," mid-14c., junke "old cable or rope" (nautical), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French junc "rush, reed," also used figuratively as a type of something of little value, from Latin iuncus "rush, reed" (but OED finds "no evidence of connexion"). Nautical use extended to "old refuse from boats and ships" (1842), then to "old or discarded articles of any kind" (1884). Junk food is from 1971; junk art is from 1966; junk mail first attested 1954.
"Chinese sailing ship," 1610s, from Portuguese junco, from Malay jong "ship, large boat" (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
1803, "to cut off in lumps," from junk (n.1). The meaning "to throw away as trash, to scrap" is from 1908. Related: Junked; junking.
New settlers (who should always be here as early in the spring as possible) begin to cut down the wood where they intend to erect their first house. As the trees are cut the branches are to be lopped off, and the trunks cut into lengths of 12 or 14 feet. This operation they call junking them; if they are not junked before fire is applied, they are much worse to junk afterwards. [letter dated Charlotte Town, Nov. 29, 1820, in "A Series of Letters Descriptive of Prince Edward Island," 1822]