Definition of junk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒʌŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒʌŋk//
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  1. 1[uncountable] things that are considered useless or of little value synonym rubbish I've cleared out all that old junk in the attic. There's nothing but junk on the TV. (informal, disapproving) Is this all your junk (= are these all your things)? Synonymsthingsstuff property possessions junk belongings goods valuablesThese are all words for objects or items, especially ones that you own or have with you at a particular time.things (rather informal) objects, clothing or tools that you own or that are used for a particular purpose:Shall I help you pack your things? Bring your swimming things.stuff [U] (informal) used to refer to a group of objects when you do not know their names, when the names are not important or when it is obvious what you are talking about:Where’s all my stuff?property [U] (rather formal) a thing or things that are owned by somebody:This building is government property. Be careful not to damage other people’s property.possessions things that you own, especially something that can be moved:Prisoners were allowed no personal possessions except letters and photographs.junk [U] things that are considered useless or of little value:I’ve cleared out all that old junk from the attic.belongings possessions that can be moved, especially ones that you have with you at a particular time:Please make sure you have all your belongings with you when leaving the plane.goods (technical or rather formal) possessions that can be moved:He was found guilty of handling stolen goods.valuables things that are worth a lot of money, especially small personal things such as jewellery or cameras:Never leave cash or other valuables lying around.Patterns personal things/​stuff/​property/​possessions/​belongings to collect/​gather/​pack (up) your things/​stuff/​possessions/​belongings to search somebody’s/​your/​the things/​stuff/​property/​belongings to go through somebody’s/​your/​the things/​stuff/​belongings
  2. 2[uncountable] = junk food
  3. 3 [countable] a Chinese boat with a square sail and a flat bottom See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English (denoting an old or inferior rope): of unknown origin. The current senses date from the mid 19th cent. noun sense 3 mid 16th cent.: from obsolete French juncque or Portuguese junco, from Malay jong, reinforced by Dutch jonk.Extra examples He sits around eating junk food all day. The company described the report as ‘junk science’. There were bits of junk lying around. They cleared out the junk room to make a tiny bedroom. sculptures made from old junk and scrap metal I’ve cleared out all that old junk from the attic. Is this all your junk? This china came from a junk shop.
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