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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
junk1 /dʒʌŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. old, mostly useless material or objects, such as metal, paper, or rags:junk accumulating in the attic.
  2. something thought of as worthless, meaningless, or useless;
    trash:junk found in a garage sale.

v. [+ object]
  1. to discard as no longer of use;
    scrap:They had to junk the car after thirteen years.
junk•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

junk2 /dʒʌŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa seagoing ship used primarily in Chinese waters, having square sails, a high stern, and usually a flat bottom.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
junk1  ( jungk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any old or discarded material, as metal, paper, or rags.
  2. anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible;
  3. old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.
  4. Nautical, Naval TermsSee  salt junk. 
  5. Sport[Baseball Slang.]relatively slow, unorthodox pitches that are deceptive to the batter in movement or pace, as knuckleballs or forkballs.

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

  1. cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.
  • earlier jonke, of uncertain origin, originally 1480–90
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rubbish, litter, debris, refuse.

junk2  ( jungk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa seagoing ship with a traditional Chinese design and used primarily in Chinese waters, having square sails spread by battens, a high stern, and usually a flat bottom.
  • dialect, dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) chûn; compare Guangdong dialect, dialectal syùhn, Chinese chuán
  • Malay jong, said to be
  • Portuguese junco a kind of sailing vessel
  • 1545–55

junk3  ( jungk),USA pronunciation n. [Slang.]
  1. Slang Termsnarcotics, esp. heroin.
  • perh. special use of junk1 1920–25

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

junk /dʒʌŋk/ n
  1. discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
  2. informal rubbish generally
  3. nonsense: the play was absolute junk
  4. slang any narcotic drug, esp heroin
  1. (transitive) informal to discard as junk; scrap
Etymology: 15th Century jonke old useless rope
junk /dʒʌŋk/ n
  1. a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens
Etymology: 17th Century: from Portuguese junco, from Javanese jon; related to Dutch jonk


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