junker

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Etymology 1[edit]

From German, a contraction of jung herr (young noble); compare English young and herre; also younker.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈjʊŋkə(r)/
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junker (plural junkers)

  1. A young German noble or squire, especially a member of the aristocratic party in Prussia, stereotyped with narrow-minded militaristic and authoritarian attitudes.
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
      Professors of philosophy and science carrying high the patriotic banner of Kultur and culture gloried in the system of compulsory, universal, military service, first made in Germany exulted in the degrading, vicious process of training by which the individual is hypnotized into submission to a brutal organization of military junkers, hallowed by the name of state and Fatherland, it was the darkest period in the history of mankind.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From junk +‎ -er.

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junker (plural junkers)

  1. (informal, US, Canada) A beat-up automobile.
  2. A person with an interest in disused or discarded objects.
    • 1968, Ruth Stearns Egge, How to Make Something from Nothing
      An ardent junker herself, Mrs. Egge tells how to conduct a fascinating junk safari into the attic or antique and secondhand shops and what to do with the trophies you bring home.