- 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.
A drawer full of junk.
- Obsolete 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
- 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.
Origin of junkPortuguese junco or Dutch jonk, both from Javanese djong, variant of djung, from Old Javanese jong, seagoing ship.
- 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”) .