“The Masai who live around the lake are used to these creatures washing up—they think of them as junk,” said Brandt, 47.
junkies have their own look (emaciated, haunted, sallow) and their own junk names: Doolie, Cash, and Dupré.
For those in the resource world, every ton of junk that goes into a landfill represents wasted energy.
The first thing John Strognofe probably did after inventing the camera"—that is, in 1685—"was take a picture of his junk.
Although she would later dismiss climate change as "junk science," Palin didn't always feel that way.
Nevertheless, the junk glided nearer and nearer to the shore.
"I'm a hustler on a dicker, and a hellion on junk," snapped the boss.
The 25th there came a junk from Bantam, the owners of which were Chinese.
I dug it out of the junk that was in my little workshop and sold it to him.
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]