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junk1

junk1

 
 
pronunciation:
juhngk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything regarded as having little worth; trash.
synonyms:
garbage, refuse, rubbish, trash, waste
similar words:
chaff, leavings, litter, reject, rejection, stuff
definition 2: fiber from old cords or cables used as filler for caulking, gaskets, and the like.
similar words:
cable, cord, fiber, filler
definition 3: a type of hard beef preserved with salt, used esp. aboard a ship.
similar words:
jerky
definition 4: (slang) heroin, or another narcotic.
synonyms:
horse, smack
similar words:
dope, heroin, narcotic
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: junked, junking, junks
definition: to discard as worthless.
similar words:
chuck, discard, dispose of, reject, scrap
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Word History
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.