I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).
They lacked the confidence to let go of the kitsch and the junk.
junkies have their own look (emaciated, haunted, sallow) and their own junk names: Doolie, Cash, and Dupré.
They must judge wisely and they must judge roundly—they must judge the alps of junk straight out of existence.
The first thing John Strognofe probably did after inventing the camera"—that is, in 1685—"was take a picture of his junk.
Nevertheless, the junk glided nearer and nearer to the shore.
Kay brought her to the heap of junk and placed the box on top of it.
The 25th there came a junk from Bantam, the owners of which were Chinese.
And you keep it stuffed around in every junk hole from the roof to the cellar.
John lingered a moment to help Silvey carry the junk into the "Tigers'" club house.
"worthless stuff," mid-14c., junke "old cable or rope" (nautical), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French junc "rush, reed," also used figuratively as a type of something of little value, from Latin iuncus "rush, reed" (but OED finds "no evidence of connexion"). Nautical use extended to "old refuse from boats and ships" (1842), then to "old or discarded articles of any kind" (1884). Junk food is from 1971; junk art is from 1966; junk mail first attested 1954.
"Chinese sailing ship," 1610s, from Portuguese junco, from Malay jong "ship, large boat" (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
1803, "to cut off in lumps," from junk (n.1). The meaning "to throw away as trash, to scrap" is from 1908. Related: Junked; junking.
New settlers (who should always be here as early in the spring as possible) begin to cut down the wood where they intend to erect their first house. As the trees are cut the branches are to be lopped off, and the trunks cut into lengths of 12 or 14 feet. This operation they call junking them; if they are not junked before fire is applied, they are much worse to junk afterwards. [letter dated Charlotte Town, Nov. 29, 1820, in "A Series of Letters Descriptive of Prince Edward Island," 1822]
[fr a British nautical term for old or weak rope or cable, found by 1485]