A drawer full of junk.
- Junk is defined as garbage, trash or worthless items, talk or ideas, or to bonds that are unlikely to be paid back to the investor, or is slang for a narcotic drug.
- Crumpled up papers and old toys are an example of junk.
- Silly reality television shows with no merit to them are an example of junk.
- The drug heroin is an example of junk.
- A bond issued by a company that is near bankruptcy is an example of a junk bond.
- The definition of junk is to throw away or discard.
When you throw away all the items left over after a garage sale, this is an example of when you junk the remaining items.
- Obs. old cable or rope used for making oakum, mats, etc.
- old metal, glass, paper, rags, etc., parts of which may be salvageable for reuse
- Informal useless or worthless stuff; trash; rubbish
- ⌂ Slang a narcotic drug; esp., heroin
- Baseball, Slang low-velocity pitches, esp. slow curve balls
Origin of junkMiddle English jonk ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps jonk, reed ; from Old French jonc ; from Classical Latin juncus, a rush: see jonquil
Origin of junkFrench jonque ; from Portuguese junco ; from Jav jong ; from Malay adjong
Origin of junkPortuguese junco or Dutch jonk, both from Javanese djong, variant of djung, from Old Javanese jong, seagoing ship.
- Discarded material, such as glass, rags, paper, or metal, some of which may be reused in some form.
- Informal a. Articles that are worn-out or fit to be discarded: broken furniture and other junk in the attic.b. Cheap or shoddy material.c. Something meaningless, fatuous, or unbelievable: nothing but junk in the annual report.
- Vulgar Slang a. The genitals.b. The buttocks.
- Slang Heroin.
- Hard salt beef for consumption on board a ship.
transitive verbjunked, junk·ing, junks
- Cheap, shoddy, or worthless: junk jewelry.
- Having a superficial appeal or utility, but lacking substance: “the junk issues that have dominated this year's election” (New Republic).
- Relating to or similar to junk bonds, especially in having a high risk of default: debt of junk status.
Origin of junkMiddle English jonk, an old cable or rope.
- Discarded or waste material; rubbish, trash.
- A collection of miscellaneous items of little value.
- (slang) Any narcotic drug, especially heroin.
- (slang) Genitalia.
- (nautical) Salt beef.
- Pieces of old cable or cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.
- (dated) A fragment of any solid substance; a thick piece; a chunk.
(third-person singular simple present junks, present participle junking, simple past and past participle junked)
- To throw away.
From Middle English junke (“old cable, rope”), probably from Old French jonc (“rush”), from Latin iuncus (“rush”) .