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junk1

 
 
pronunciation:
juhngk
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition: things having little worth; trash.
The garage is filled with junk.
synonyms:
garbage, refuse, rubbish, trash, waste
similar words:
litter, stuff
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part of speech: verb
inflections: junks, junking, junked
definition: to throw away because no longer working or valuable.
Tim junked his rusty old bicycle.
similar words:
chuck, discard, dispose of, 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.