junk1 / jəngk/ • n. 1. inf. old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value. ∎ worthless writing, talk, or ideas: I can't write this kind of junk. ∎ Finance junk bonds.
2. inf. heroin.
3. the lump of oily fibrous tissue in a sperm whale's head, containing spermaceti.
• v. [tr.] inf. discard or abandon unceremoniously: sort out what could be sold off and junk the rest.
junk2 • n. a flat-bottomed sailing vessel typical in China and the East Indies, with a prominent stem, a high stern, and lugsails.
, clonk, conk, cronk, honk, Leblanc, pétanque, plonk, tronc, zonk
•honky-tonk • oink • Munch
, chunk, clunk, drunk, dunk, flunk, funk, gunk, hunk, junk, Monck, monk, plunk, punk, shrunk, skunk, slunk, spunk, stunk, sunk, thunk, trunk
•chipmunk • quidnunc • cyberpunk
•punch-drunk • countersunk
native saling vessel, esp. of the China
seas. XVII. — F. †juncque
), Pg. junco
, or Du. jonk
, Malay jong
old rope XV (hence, worthless stuff, rubbish XX); salt meat used on long voyages (compared to pieces of rope) XVIII. of unkn. orig.