junk food

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  1. food, as potato chips or candy, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value.

  2. anything that is attractive and diverting but of negligible substance: the junk food offered by daytime television.

Origin of junk food

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75

Other words from junk food

  • junk-food, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for junk food

junk food

  1. food that is low in nutritional value, often highly processed or ready-prepared, and eaten instead of or in addition to well-balanced meals

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Other Idioms and Phrases with junk food

junk food

Prepackaged snack food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value; also, anything attractive but negligible in value. For example, Nell loves potato chips and other junk food, or When I'm sick in bed I often resort to TV soap operas and similar junk food. [c. 1970]

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