junking

junk

1 [juhngk]
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:
1480–90; earlier jonke, of uncertain origin


1, 2. rubbish, litter, debris, refuse.
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junk1 (dʒʌŋk)
 
n
1.  discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
2.  informal
 a.  rubbish generally
 b.  nonsense: the play was absolute junk
3.  slang any narcotic drug, esp heroin
 
vb
4.  informal (tr) to discard as junk; scrap
 
[C15 jonke old useless rope]

junk2 (dʒʌŋk)
 
n
a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens
 
[C17: from Portuguese junco, from Javanese jon; related to Dutch jonk]

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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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