any old or discarded material, as metal, paper, or rags.
anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash.
old cable or cordage used when untwisted for making gaskets, swabs, oakum, etc.
Nautical Slang. .
Baseball Slang. relatively slow, unorthodox pitches that are deceptive to the batter in movement or pace, as knuckleballs or forkballs.
verb (used with object)
to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.
cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.
a seagoing ship with a traditional Chinese design and used primarily in Chinese waters, having square sails spread by battens, a high stern, and usually a flat bottom.
narcotics, especially heroin.
the external genitals:
I kicked him in the junk.
discarded or secondhand objects, etc, collectively
(slang) any narcotic drug, esp heroin
(transitive) (informal) to discard as junk; scrap
a sailing vessel used in Chinese waters and characterized by a very high poop, flat bottom, and square sails supported by battens
“worthless stuff,” mid-14c., junke “old cable or rope” (nautical), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French junc “rush, reed,” also used figuratively as a type of something of little value, from Latin iuncus “rush, reed” (but OED finds “no evidence of connexion”). Nautical use extended to “old refuse from boats and ships” (1842), then to “old or discarded articles of any kind” (1884). Junk food is from 1971; junk art is from 1966; junk mail first attested 1954.
“Chinese sailing ship,” 1610s, from Portuguese junco, from Malay jong “ship, large boat” (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
1803, “to cut off in lumps,” from junk (n.1). The meaning “to throw away as trash, to scrap” is from 1908. Related: Junked; junking.
New settlers (who should always be here as early in the spring as possible) begin to cut down the wood where they intend to erect their first house. As the trees are cut the branches are to be lopped off, and the trunks cut into lengths of 12 or 14 feet. This operation they call junking them; if they are not junked before fire is applied, they are much worse to junk afterwards. [letter dated Charlotte Town, Nov. 29, 1820, in “A Series of Letters Descriptive of Prince Edward Island,” 1822]
[fr a British nautical term for old or weak rope or cable, found by 1485]
modifier : Eddy Lopat, another ”junk ball” pitcher noun A deceptive and unorthodox pitch; junk (1950s+ Baseball)
noun, Finance. 1. any corporate bond with a low rating and a high yield, often involving high risk. noun 1. (finance) a security that offers a high yield but often involves a high risk of default noun phrase A bond having high yield but relatively little security, used as a payment for one company by […]
- Junk DNA
1. segments of DNA that have no apparent genetic function. noun 1. DNA that consists of repeated sequences of nucleotide and has no apparent function junk DNA (jŭngk) DNA that serves no known biological purpose, such as coding for proteins or their regulation. Junk DNA makes up the vast majority of the DNA in the […]
noun 1. a telephone call soliciting a donation or selling a product or service by a caller making many such calls to a list of prospects.