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noun, plural junk·men [juhngk-men,] /ˈdʒʌŋkˌmɛn,/.
  1. a dealer in resalable used metal, paper, rags, and other junk.
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Origin of junkman

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; junk1 + man1


[juhngk-muh n, -man]
noun, plural junk·men [juhngk-muh n, -men] /ˈdʒʌŋk mən, -ˌmɛn/.
  1. a member of the crew of a junk.
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Origin of junkman

First recorded in 1860–65; junk2 + man1
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Examples from the Web for junkman

Historical Examples of junkman

  • I was thinking of selling your set to the junkman, for what it would bring.

    The Radio Boys at the Sending Station

    Allen Chapman

  • I killed the junkman for his medicine, then rode two doryms to death to get here in time.


    Harry Harrison

  • "But after a junkman has bought it, Lem, it belongs to him," said Lorna.

    In Pawn

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • She was tender-hearted and she did not wish the junkman arrested.

  • They distinguish our junkman from themselves by calling him by his first name.

British Dictionary definitions for junkman


noun plural -men
  1. US and Canadian a man who buys and sells discarded clothing, furniture, etcAlso called: (chiefly Brit) rag-and-bone man
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