junks; junked; junking

Junk is trash, debris, or garbage — it's something that's left behind or thrown away because it's not wanted. You might view the broken toaster as junk, while your sister sees it as an interesting repair project.

After an accident, your car might be junk, and if it's hauled off to a scrapyard, you can say you had to junk it, using the verb meaning "to throw it away." One person's junk, however, is another person's valuable metal that can be sold to recycling companies. A completely different, non-trashy kind of junk is a Chinese sailing ship. These uses are connected through the nautical origin of junk, originally spelled junke and meaning "old rope or cable."

Definitions of junk
  1. noun
    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
    synonyms: debris, detritus, dust, rubble
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    dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
    type of:
    garbage, refuse, rubbish, scrap, trash
    worthless material that is to be disposed of
  2. verb
    dispose of (something useless or old)
    junk an old car”
    synonyms: scrap, trash
  3. noun
    any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails
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    type of:
    a small vessel for travel on water
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