What does junk mean?

Definitions for junkdʒʌŋk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word junk.

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"


  1. Junk(n.)

    Hence: Something worthless, or only worth its value as recyclable scrap.

  2. Origin: [Pg. junco junk, rush, L. juncus a bulrush, of which ropes were made in early ages. Cf. Junket.]

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

  6. Origin: [Pg. junco; cf. Jav. & Malay jong, ajong, Chin. chwan.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Junk

    jungk, n. a Chinese vessel, with high forecastle and poop, sometimes large and three-masted. [Port. junco—Chinese chw‛an, a boat.]

  2. Junk

    jungk, n. pieces of old cordage, used for making mats, &c., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for the seams of ships: salt meat supplied to vessels for long voyages, so called because it becomes as hard as old rope.—ns. Junk′-deal′er, Junk′man, a dealer in junk; Junk′-ring, a metal ring confining a fibrous piston-packing; Junk′-shop, a place where junk is bought and sold. [L. juncus, a rush.]

  3. Junk

    jungk, n. a thick piece, chunk. [Chunk.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Junk

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of junk in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of junk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Lentini:

    A lot of people were convicted on junk science.

  2. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    We are looking at real carnage in the junk bond market.

  3. Thomas Alva Edison:

    To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

  4. Paul Biddiss:

    It's a piece of junk, they don't work. There's no science behind them.

  5. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    Junk bonds are signaling with clarion bells: Do not raise interest rates.

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Translations for junk

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • bras, kassere, smide ud, affald, junke, ragelseDanish
  • Eier, Krempel, Kleinkruscht, Abfall, Klöten, Ramsch, Kram, Nüsse, Müll, Dschunke, StoffGerman
  • ναρκωτικό, πρέζα, σκουπίδιαGreek
  • ĵonkoEsperanto
  • tiliche, basura, junco, chunche, calache, trasto, chéchere, cachureo, cachivache, corotoSpanish
  • praht, prügi, jäätmedEstonian
  • roska, kama, roina, jäte, romu, džonkki, romuttaaFinnish
  • ordure, jonque, déchetsFrench
  • kacat, lom, dzsunkaHungarian
  • drasl, júnka, rusl, djúnkaIcelandic
  • coglioni, immondizia, cianfrusaglie, spazzatura, ciarpame, pattume, rottamare, rifiuti, paccottaglia, robacciaItalian
  • ნაგავიGeorgian
  • grabasti, krāmiLatvian
  • paraureheMāori
  • jong, ajungMalay
  • afval, rommel, jonk, dumpen, wegwerpen, spul, wegsmijten, gerief, weggooien, brol, rotzooiDutch
  • inchxǫ́ʼį́, biná'adaałtsózí bitsin naa'eełNavajo, Navaho
  • śmieciPolish
  • porcaria, lixo, juncoPortuguese
  • рухлядь, барахло, скрап, мусор, хлам, джонка, мудеRussian
  • отпад, олупина, џунка, џонка, olupina, džunka, otpad, džonkaSerbo-Croatian
  • skräp, djonkSwedish
  • gheVietnamese

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