junk food

noun
1.
food, as potato chips or candy, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value.
2.
anything that is attractive and diverting but of negligible substance: the junk food offered by daytime television.

Origin:
1970–75, Americanism

junk-food, adjective
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junk food
 
n
food that is low in nutritional value, often highly processed or ready-prepared, and eaten instead of or in addition to well-balanced meals

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Medical Dictionary

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

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Slang Dictionary

junk food definition


  1. n.
    food that is typically high in fats and salt and low in nutritional value; food from a fast-food restaurant. : Junk food tastes good no matter how greasy it is.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Idioms & Phrases

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Not that it has to be junk food to inspire play, of course.
Most must resort to an iron self-discipline bolstered by a hefty dose of
  superiority over those who eat junk food.
The diets of many people in developed countries are too high in the fats, salt,
  and refined sugars found in junk food.
But they persevered, and the result is gourmet junk food.
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