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.(noun)
The definition of junk is to throw away or discard.(verb)
When you throw away all the items left over after a garage sale, this is an example of when you junk the remaining items.
See junk in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME jonk < ? jonk, reed < OFr jonc < L juncus, a rush: see jonquil
Origin: Fr jonque < Port junco < Jav jong < Malay adjong
See junk in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English jonk, an old cable or rope. Word History: The word junk is an example of the change in meaning known as generalization, and very aptly too, since the amount of junk in the world seems to be generalizing and proliferating rapidly. The Middle English word jonk, ancestor of junk, originally had a very specific meaning restricted to nautical terminology. First recorded in 1353, the word meant “an old cable or rope.” On a sailing ship it made little sense to throw away useful material since considerable time might pass before one could get new supplies. Old cable was used in a variety of ways, for example, to make fenders, that is, material hung over the side of the ship to protect it from scraping other ships or wharves. Junk came to refer to this old cable as well. The big leap in meaning taken by the word seems to have occurred when junk was applied to discarded but useful material in general. This extension may also have taken place in a nautical context, for the earliest, more generalized use of junk is found in the compound junk shop, referring to a store where old materials from ships were sold. Junk has gone on to mean useless waste as well.
Origin: Portuguese junco
Origin: or Dutch jonk
Origin: , both from Javanese djong
Origin: , variant of djung
Origin: , from Old Javanese jong, sea-going ship.
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