noun Slang.

a car that is old, worn out, or in bad enough repair to be scrapped.

Nearby words

  1. junk mailer,
  2. junk pitch,
  3. junk science,
  4. junk shop,
  5. junk shot,
  6. junkerdom,
  7. junkerism,
  8. junkers,
  9. junket,
  10. junketeer

Origin of junker

1880–85, Americanism, for an earlier sense; junk1 + -er1


[yoo ng-ker]


a member of a class of aristocratic landholders, especially in East Prussia, strongly devoted to militarism and authoritarianism, from among whom the German military forces recruited a large number of its officers.
a young German, especially Prussian, nobleman.
a German official or military officer who is narrow-minded, haughty, and overbearing.

Origin of Junker

1545–55; < German; Old High German junchērro, equivalent to junc young + hērro Herr




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.

verb (used with object)

to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.


cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.

Origin of junk

First recorded in 1480–90; earlier jonke, of uncertain origin

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British Dictionary definitions for junker



history any of the aristocratic landowners of Prussia who were devoted to maintaining their identity and extensive social and political privileges
an arrogant, narrow-minded, and tyrannical German army officer or official
(formerly) a young German nobleman
Derived FormsJunkerdom, nounJunkerism, noun

Word Origin for Junker

C16: from German, from Old High German junchērro young lord, from junc young + hērro master, lord




discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
  1. rubbish generally
  2. nonsensethe play was absolute junk
slang any narcotic drug, esp heroin


(tr) informal to discard as junk; scrap

Word Origin for junk

C15 jonke old useless rope




a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens

Word Origin for junk

C17: from Portuguese junco, from Javanese jon; related to Dutch jonk

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