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junk food

food, as potato chips or candy, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value.
anything that is attractive and diverting but of negligible substance:
the junk food offered by daytime television.
Origin of junk food
1970-75, Americanism
Related forms
junk-food, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for junk food

junk food

food that is low in nutritional value, often highly processed or ready-prepared, and eaten instead of or in addition to well-balanced meals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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junk food in Medicine

junk food n.
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for junk food

junk food

noun phrase

Foods like potato chips, popcorn, sugar-coated cereals, and the like, esp popular with children and having little nutritional value (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with junk food

junk food

Prepackaged snack food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value; also, anything attractive but negligible in value. For example, Nell loves potato chips and other junk food, or When I'm sick in bed I often resort to TV soap operas and similar junk food. [ c. 1970 ]
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