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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
1970-1975
1970-75, Americanism
Related forms
junk-food, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for junk-food

junk food

noun
1.
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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junk-food in Medicine

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

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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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