1. food [naut. jargon junk, old or second-rate cable or rope; ? + overtones of SE junk, a lump, a chunk].
(a) [mid-18C–1930s] (also salt junk) salt beef; cites 1883, 1896 refer to a lump of salt beef.
(b) [mid-19C+] poor or indigestible food.
2. [mid–late 19C] (UK prison) oakum (loose fibre, obtained by untwisting and picking old rope), the ‘picking’ of which provided the main cell task for 19th century prisoners.
3. inanimate objects.
(a) [mid-19C+] (orig. US) a usu. negative description of possessions or other unspecified objects; used dismissively of objects that are in fact sound but that the speaker no longer likes; also attrib.
(b) [20C+] (Aus.) the dregs of a bottle or glass of alcohol.
(c) [20C+] (US Und.) jewellery.
(d) [1920s+] a run-down vehicle.
(e) [1930s+] something unpleasant.
(f) [1990s+] (US, also junkst) cheap or inferior liquor.
4. [20C+] (US) rubbish, nonsense.
5. [1900s] (US) money.
6. [1910s–20s] (US) a mean, despicable man.
7. in drugs use.
(a) [1910s+] (also jeesunk) opiates, orig. opium, later usu. heroin.
(b) [1910s+] non-recreational drugs in general, often medicinal.
(c) [1950s–60s] cannabis; also attrib.
(d) [1960s] amphetamine, benzedrine.
(e) [1960s] an injectable medicine.
8. [1990s+] (US campus) offensive or abusive speech.
9. [1990s+] (US) the male or female genitals.
10. [1990s+] (US campus) constr. with the, the very best.
[1990s+] (US campus) annoying, disappointing.
[1970s+] (US drugs) a heroin user whose entire existence centres on the drug.
[1950s+] (US drugs) a drug addict or drug dealer.
1. [1910s] a railroad train.
2. [1920s+] a disgusting, filthy place.
3. [1930s+] an old, battered automobile; also attrib.
[1930s–50s] (US drugs) a drug addict who is seen as excessive in their consumption.
[1930s] (US drugs) a narcotics addict.
[2000s] (US drugs) a place – an apartment, a house – used for the consumption of narcotics, crack cocaine, etc.
1. a heroin dealer.
2. a cocaine dealer.
see junker n. (3)
[1960s+] (US police) a cell reserved for drug abusers and alcoholics.
[1990s+] (US black) large buttocks.
[1950s+] (US Und.) using narcotics.
[1940s+] (US) to gossip.