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  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒæŋ.ki/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From junky.


janky (comparative jankier, superlative jankiest)

  1. (slang, informal) Of poor quality.
    It's barely holding together, it's so janky.
  2. (slang) Strange, odd.
    • 2006, Sarah Ellis, Odd Man Out, Toronto: Groundwood Books, →ISBN, page 97:
      “And look, they don't even call them cigarettes. They call them fun tubes.” “Well, I guess,” said Hillary. “Talk about a janky role model. Candy cigarettes.”
    • 2014 August 7, Smokin', Drinkin', and Chillin' (Black Jesus), episode 1, spoken by Maggie (Kali Hawk):
      We're gonna do some janky shit. When you're doin' janky shit, you wear a mask.
    • 2016 September, “Earth Defense Force”, in Play, number 273, →ISSN, page 64:
      If you love B-movies, crazy sci-fi and intense, janky-as-all-hell videogames, you’ve come to the right place.


  • OED 2004
  • Dalzell and Victor, The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, →ISBN, p. 1252; earliest usage 1999.
  • A Way with Words

Etymology 2[edit]


janky (comparative jankier, superlative jankiest)

  1. (computing, colloquial) Unresponsive (of a software application’s user interface), sluggish.
    • 2016, Adam Stroud, Android Database Best Practices[1], Addison-Wesley Professional, →ISBN:
      While the asynchronous HTTP call is running on a background thread (preventing a janky UI, or ANRs), the user can navigate away from the activity after the request has been sent but before the response has been received by the device.
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