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1. noun, slang Drugs, especially heroin. Poor guy has been hooked on junk since he was 15.
2. noun, vulgar slang The genitals, especially of a male. The soccer ball hit him right in the junk! I felt bad for the guy, but it was also pretty funny to see. My junk has been itching for the last few days. I think I'd better see a doctor.
3. noun, slang One's possessions. When are you coming by to pick up your junk? I'm sick of having it clutter up the apartment. Is it all right if I leave some of my junk with you instead of paying to put it in storage?
4. verb, informal To dispose of something as garbage. A: "Do you want this old trophy from your sixth-grade Little League team?" B: "Nah, you can junk it." I wish I hadn't junked my old record player. I never knew it was such a valuable antique!
A corporate bond that has a high yield but also carries a low rating and high risk of default. They were making huge profits trading junk bonds, but then the market collapsed and they were stuck with worthless securities they couldn't get rid of.
Unwanted, unsolicited advertisements sent to someone's fax machine. It is the same in principle as junk mail or spam emails. We've been getting nothing but junk faxes for the last three days. I'm nearly ready to unplug the dang thing!
1. Food that lacks actual nutritional value. No wonder you're hungry again—you only ate junk food earlier.
2. By extension, anything that is appealing but seems to have little discernable value or benefit. Your brain is going to rot if you keep watching junk food like these stupid reality shows.
Any building or vehicle that is decrepit or dilapidated. I've been driving this old junk heap around for so long because I just can't bear to part with it! Wow, I never realized their house was such a junk heap.
junk in the trunk
slang Additional fat in one's buttocks (typically on a woman). The term is used both positively and negatively. Primarily heard in US. I like a curvy woman, one with a little junk in the trunk! I need to start working out again—I've got too much junk in the trunk these days.
Unsolicited mail that the recipient is not interested in or does not want, often advertisements. Nothing exciting came today—just a few bills and some junk mail.
dated slang A division, department, or agency of law-enforcement officials who specialize in policing the illegal drug trade. ("Junk" is a slang term for illicit drugs, especially heroin.) I was in homicide for a few years, then they transferred me to the junk squad. The boss thinks there's a rat in the outfit leaking information of our drug trade to the junk squad.
slang A prison cell or section reserved for drug addicts. (A play on "drunk tank.") Look, a junkie who's jonesing is a danger to themselves and others. Best to keep them in the junk tank, away from the others.
An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." Though he's always polite when he's in public, Tim's husband is meaner than a junkyard dog behind closed doors. That standard poodle may look cute and fluffy, but it's a junkyard dog, you can be sure about that.
on the junk
slang Currently using, intoxicated by, or addicted to narcotics, especially heroin. I assumed he was on the junk because the glassy, vacant look in his eyes. You can tell Tara's back on the junk again—she's been looking really sick and out of it lately.
rude slang One's genitals, especially the testicles. She kicked the mugger right in the junk when he tried to take her purse. I think I need to go to a doctor to get my junk checked out. There's a lump down there that has me really worried.
annoying, unsolicited mail, such as promotional letters, etc. I am so incredibly tired of getting pound after pound of junk mail every day. I could just scream.
Prepackaged snack food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value; also, anything attractive but negligible in value. For example, Nell loves potato chips and other junk food, or When I'm sick in bed I often resort to TV soap operas and similar junk food. [c. 1970]
Third-class mail, such as unsolicited advertisements and flyers, that is sent indiscriminately. For example, While we were on vacation the front hall filled up with junk mail. [c. 1950]
1. n. herion; drugs. Is Sam still on junk? It will kill him.
2. n. a Caucasian. (Rude and derogatory.) Those cops are junk and they hate my guts.
3. and the junk. n. the genitals. (see also jonx.) Stop itching your junk, you freak. 3. n. possessions. I’ll be ready to go as soon as I get my junk together.
n. a low-rated corporate bond that pays higher interest because of greater risk. (Parallel to junk food.) Don’t put all your money into junk bonds.
n. an unwanted and irritating fax message. We got nothing but a whole pile of junk faxes today.
n. food that is typically high in fats and salt and low in nutritional value; food from a fast-food restaurant. Junk food tastes good no matter how greasy it is.
n. a dilapidated old car; a dilapidated house or other structure. They lived in that junk heap for thirty years and never painted it.
imperative Throw it away! This is taking up too much space. Junk it!
n. police who enforce the narcotics laws. (Underworld.) The junk squad has more than it can handle trying to keep up with the hard stuff.
n. a jail cell where addicts are kept. (see also drunk tank.) That junk tank is a very dangerous place.
on the junk
mod. on drugs; addicted to drugs. (see also junk.) Max has been on the junk for all of his adult life.