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junk1 / ngk/ • 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.

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junkbonk, clonk, conk, cronk, honk, Leblanc, pétanque, plonk, tronc, zonk •honky-tonk • oink • Munch •bunk, 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

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junk2 native saling vessel, esp. of the China seas. XVII. — F. †juncque (mod. jonque), Pg. junco, or Du. jonk—Javanese djong, Malay jong.

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junk1 old rope XV (hence, worthless stuff, rubbish XX); salt meat used on long voyages (compared to pieces of rope) XVIII. of unkn. orig.