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junk1

[juhngk] /dʒʌŋk/
noun
1.
any old or discarded material, as metal, paper, or rags.
2.
anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash.
3.
old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.
4.
Nautical Slang. salt junk.
5.
Baseball Slang. relatively slow, unorthodox pitches that are deceptive to the batter in movement or pace, as knuckleballs or forkballs.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.
adjective
7.
cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier jonke, of uncertain origin
Synonyms
1, 2. rubbish, litter, debris, refuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for junkest

junk1

/dʒʌŋk/
noun
1.
discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
2.
(informal)
  1. rubbish generally
  2. nonsense the play was absolute junk
3.
(slang) any narcotic drug, esp heroin
verb
4.
(transitive) (informal) to discard as junk; scrap
Word Origin
C15 jonke old useless rope

junk2

/dʒʌŋk/
noun
1.
a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese junco, from Javanese jon; related to Dutch jonk
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Word Origin and History for junkest
junk
"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.
junk
"Chinese sailing ship," 1613, from Port. junco, from Malay jong "ship, large boat" (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
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Slang definitions & phrases for junkest

junk

modifier
  1. : junk jewelry/ junk mail
  2. : one of the most dangerous junk neighborhoods in the city
noun
  1. Worthless and shoddy things; useless and inept productions; trash; dreck, shit: Why do you always buy such junk? (1842+)
  2. 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)
  3. junk-ball (1950s+ Baseball)
  4. Narcotics; dope: Canales has a noseful of junk a lot of the time/ Sherlock Holmes. All he does is play a fiddle and take junk (1920s+ Narcotics)
  5. Unspecified heaps and objects; stuff; crap: Men carry more junk in their pockets than women do in their pocketbooks

[fr a British nautical term for old or weak rope or cable, found by 1485]


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