There are 2 definitions of junk in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒʌŋk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 2 informal Heroin: you do anything for junk—cheat, lie, steal
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    • Even heroin can be used recreationally; believe it or not, creating a junk habit takes time, money and a whole lot of junk.
    • Also if I had had some sober time and took a shot of junk, I immediately began spiralling down into the dope slavery of everyday use.
    • Bettie, now preferring the name Marilyn, had been on and off of heroin for years now but it was the first junk needle Callahan had let near her.
  • 3The lump of oily fibrous tissue in a sperm whale’s head, containing spermaceti.
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    • Oil of the first quality (spermaceti) is found in the case and junk chambers in the head and was sometimes stored separately from oil.
    • Oil is contained in the spermaceti organ and in the spermaceti bodies of the junk.

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  

Origin

late Middle English (denoting an old or inferior rope): of unknown origin. sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 19th century.

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There are 2 definitions of junk in English:

junk2

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Pronunciation: /dʒʌŋk
 
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noun

  • A flat-bottomed sailing vessel of a kind typical of China and the East Indies, with a prominent stem and lugsails.
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    • There is some evidence for development of robust, high-seas sailing junks in China by thirteenth century AD.
    • The hotel bar has incredible views over the harbour, past the flotilla of sampans, junks and cargo ships, to the jumble of skyscrapers which make up the Central district of Hong Kong island.
    • From junks to dhows, clippers to cruise liners, humble riverboats to awesome battlefleets, this is the definitive chronicle of great vessels, legendary journeys, and heroic seafarers.

Origin

mid 16th century: from obsolete French juncque or Portuguese junco, from Malay jong, reinforced by Dutch jonk.

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