Definitions for junkdʒʌŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. old or discarded material or objects, as metal, paper, or rags, some of which may be reusable:

    junk accumulating in the attic.

  2. something regarded as worthless or contemptible; trash.

  3. old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.

  4. (v.t.)to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.

  5. (adj.)cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy:

    junk jewelry.

Origin of junk:


junk′y(adj.)junk•i•er, junk•i•est.


  1. a seagoing ship used primarily in Chinese waters, having square sails spread by battens, a high stern, and usu. a flat bottom.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of junk:

1580–90; < Pg junco a kind of sailing vessel


  1. narcotics, esp. heroin.

    Category: Status (usage)

* Slang..

Origin of junk:

1920–25, Amer.; perh. identical with junk1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)

    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

  2. junk(verb)

    any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails

  3. trash, junk, scrap(verb)

    dispose of (something useless or old)

    "trash these old chairs"; "junk an old car"; "scrap your old computer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. junk(noun)ʒʌŋk

    objects that have been thrown out or are considered useless

    too much junk in his room; a junk dealer

  2. junkʒʌŋk

    sth of low quality or value

    the junk they show on TV; the junk we put into our bodies

Webster Dictionary

  1. Junk(noun)

    a fragment of any solid substance; a thick piece. See Chunk

  2. Junk(noun)

    pieces of old cable or old cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships

  3. Junk(noun)

    old iron, or other metal, glass, paper, etc., bought and sold by junk dealers

  4. Junk(noun)

    hard salted beef supplied to ships

  5. Junk(noun)

    a large vessel, without keel or prominent stem, and with huge masts in one piece, used by the Chinese, Japanese, Siamese, Malays, etc., in navigating their waters


  1. Junk

    A junk is an ancient Chinese sailing vessel/ship design still in use today. Junks may have developed from very early bamboo rafts which had a high stern. Cromagnon cave paintings on the Indo China coast show junk shaped doublehull vessels. Junks were developed during the Han Dynasty and were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. They were found, and in lesser numbers are still found, throughout South-East Asia and India, but primarily in China, perhaps most famously in Hong Kong. Found more broadly today is a growing number of modern recreational junk-rigged sailboats. The term junk may be used to cover many kinds of boat—ocean-going, cargo-carrying, pleasure boats, live-aboards. They vary greatly in size and there are significant regional variations in the type of rig. To Western eyes, however, they all appear to resemble one another due to their most significant shared feature, their fully battened sails.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Junk

    a Chinese boat with a flat bottom, a square prow, a high stern, and a pole for mast.

Translations for junk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a Chinese flat-bottomed sailing ship, high in the bow and stern.

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