There are 2 definitions of junk in English:

junk1

Syllabification: junk
Pronunciation: /jəNGk
 
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noun

  • 1 informal Old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value.
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    • You can hardly enter or leave the Royal Garden Plaza without tripping over someone's junk or having useless articles thrust into your face.
    • Hey, you'd be surprised at the useless junk people will buy for a buck.
    • With everything put away, and relatively all garbage, junk, and useless things in their respective places, there was only one more thing to do.
    Synonyms
    rubbish, clutter, odds and ends, bric-a-brac, bits and pieces; garbage, trash, refuse, litter, scrap, waste, debris, detritus, dross
    vulgar slang crap
  • 1.1 informal Worthless writing, talk, or ideas: I can’t write this kind of junk
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    • More often than not the shelves are stuffed with worthless junk, the typical used copies of the mindless drivel produced by most American game manufacturers.
    • And precious bandwidth is being eaten up by this worthless junk.
    • If you think this is worthless junk, wait until I post all my high school poetry!
  • 1.2 informal A person’s belongings, equipment, or baggage: I only have an hour to get all my junk together
  • 1.3 Finance Junk bonds.
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    • If the hedge funds shun European junk, that dramatic shift could drive up rates on these securities even further.
    • Corporate bonds were mixed, with investment grade performing well and junk appearing vulnerable.
    • Corporate spreads generally narrowed, with junk performing well.
  • 2 informal Heroin.
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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.
  • 4US vulgar slang A man’s genitals.

verb

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  • Discard or abandon unceremoniously: sort out what could be sold off and junk the rest
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    • So part of the essay attempts to identify the sort of praise and blame that can be practised in a dispassionate and clear-headed way, while junking the rest.
    • Barbara Castle's imaginative plan to connect the state pension to earnings was junked.
    • In July, everyone held their breath as the Bank of Japan met to consider junking its 18-month-old zero interest-rate policy.
    Synonyms
    throw away/out, discard, get rid of, dispose of, scrap, toss out, jettison
    informal chuck, dump, ditch, deep-six, trash

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

Syllabification: junk
Pronunciation: /
 
jəNGk/

noun

  • A flat-bottomed sailing vessel typical in China and the East Indies, with a prominent stem, a high stern, 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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