- Word History
|part of speech:
||things that have little worth.
I'd like to throw away some of that old junk.
- garbage, trash, waste
- similar words:
No one is sure where the word junk
came from. We do know that it was first used for old cable or rope found on a sailing ship. In the 1800s, "junk" came to be used for any discarded items from a ship, and then for old things of any kind. The term "junk food" was first used in 1973.