a car that is old, worn out, or in bad enough repair to be scrapped.
1880-85, Americanism, for an earlier sense; junk1 + -er1
[yoo ng-ker] /ˈyʊŋ kər/
a member of a class of aristocratic landholders, especially in East Prussia, strongly devoted to militarism and authoritarianism, from among whom the German military forces recruited a large number of its officers.
a young German, especially Prussian, nobleman.
a German official or military officer who is narrow-minded, haughty, and overbearing.
1545-55; < German;Old High Germanjunchērro, equivalent to juncyoung + hērroHerr
any old or discarded material, as metal, paper, or rags.
anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash.
old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.
"worthless stuff," 1338, junke "old cable or rope" (nautical), of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.Fr. junc "rush," from L. juncus "rush, reed." Nautical use extended to "old refuse from boats and ships" (1842), then to "old or discarded articles of any kind" (1884). The verb meaning "to throw away as trash, to scrap" is from 1916. Junkie "drug addict" is attested from 1923, but junk for "narcotic" is said to be older. Junk food is from 1973; junk art is from 1966; junk mail first attested 1954.
"Chinese sailing ship," 1613, from Port. junco, from Malay jong "ship, large boat" (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
"young Ger. noble," 1554, from Ger., from O.H.G. juncherro, lit. "young lord," from junc "young" + herro "lord." Pejorative sense of "reactionary younger member of the Prussian aristocracy" (1865) dates from Bismarck's domestic policy.
A car or other machine that is worn out and ready to be discarded, or that has been discarded; something that ought to be discarded; piece of shit: You can't litter the countryside with the kind of crap that the junkers are/ driving a junker around and around one of the chicken coops(1950s+)
: junk jewelry/ junk mail
: one of the most dangerous junk neighborhoods in the city
Worthless and shoddy things; useless and inept productions; trash; dreck, shit: Why do you always buy such junk?(1842+)
Tricky serves and lobs; soft, hard-to-reach shots: He is a master of control and of dealing ''junk''/ looping junk, the players' term for soft, short shots(1970s+ Tennis)