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junk food

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noun
  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.
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Origin of junk food

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75
Related formsjunk-food, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for junk food

junk food

noun
  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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junk food in Medicine

junk food

n.
  1. Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
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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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