junk

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English junke (old cable, rope), probably from Old French jonc (rush), from Latin iuncus (rush)[1].

A box full of junk (2)

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junk (uncountable)

  1. Discarded or waste material; rubbish, trash.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74: 
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
  2. A collection of miscellaneous items of little value.
  3. (slang) Any narcotic drug, especially heroin.
    • 1961, William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine, page 7
      Trace a line of goose pimples up the thin young arm. Slide the needle in and push the bulb watching the junk hit him all over. Move right in with the shit and suck junk through all the hungry young cells.
  4. (slang) Genitalia.
    • 2009, Kesha, Tik Tok
      I'm talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk
      Boys tryin' to touch my junk, junk
      Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk
  5. (nautical) Salt beef.
  6. Pieces of old cable or cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.
  7. (dated) A fragment of any solid substance; a thick piece; a chunk.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lowell to this entry?)
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junk (third-person singular simple present junks, present participle junking, simple past and past participle junked)

  1. (transitive) To throw away.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Portuguese junco, from Javanese djong (Malay adjong).

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junk (plural junks)

  1. (nautical) A Chinese sailing vessel.
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  1. ^ junk” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).