1. food [naut. jargon junk, old or second-rate cable or rope; ? + overtones of SE junk, a lump, a chunk].
(a) (also salt junk) salt beef; cites 1883, 1896 refer to a lump of salt beef.
|Sir Launcelot Greaves II 9: I can as well bedaub your mistress Aurelia, whom I value no more than old junk, pork slush, or stinking stock-fish.|
|Naval Chron. Jan.-July 120: Salt Beef was formerly called Salt Junk [...] This Piece of Beef looks similar to the Fag End of a Cable.|
|Cruise 36: [footnote] Salt beef is term’d ‘junk’ by the Sailors, probably on account of cables, when old, hard and dry , being cut in junks, that is, certain lengths, for oakum.|
|Adventures of Johnny Newcome II 78: They dined on Junk and Cheese.|
|Eng. Spy II 218: A bit of tough yarn he was, too: hard as old junk without, and soft as captain’s coop meat within.|
|Old Booty! 35: May the swabs live upon salt junk.|
|Men of Character I 245: You know what the fat of junk’s like.|
|Incidents of a Whaling Voyage 77: We did so much against our will, as the promise of ‘fresh grub,’ was exceedingly tempting, after the liberal exercise we have had upon ‘salt junk,’ for some time before.|
|Biscuits & Grog 41: I mean, by famine, the necessity of eating salt junk and biscuit.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 Aug. 2/2: No other one should [...] supply her lip with bohea from the pot of tin, or junk and damper from the bark hut shelf.|
|Before the Mast (1989) 29: The usual fare is for breakfast salt ‘junk’ or beef.diary 23 Apr. in Gosnell|
|letter in Yankee Correspondence (1996) 57: That big bull-headed Goddard getting his muscle up on salt junk and crackers!|
|Goldhunters’ Adventures 17: We [...] ate a portion of the salt junk and biscuit that the cook of the ship had insisted upon our taking with us.|
|E.C.B. Susan Jane 7: And here’s our darling Sukey too, the last but not the least, / With dunderfunk and old salt junk she’ll give us all a feast.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Apr. 3/2: To cook salt junk — cut it into little bits with the same knife that you use in fossicking and cutting up your tobacco.|
|On Blue Water 37: Large junks of carcase equal to a pound and a quarter each man were served out [...] This beef was soaked all night in a tub of sea- water, and, at day- light, put into the large coppers and boiled until noon.|
|Kidnapped 68: The meals were either of oatmeal porridge or salt junk.|
|‘ Possum: ’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 82: He biled ’is taters soggy, an’ ’is junk was biled to rags.|
|On Many Seas 168: Me master, when he heard the news, / Said, ‘Salt him [i.e. a dead horse] down for sailors' use’ / [...] / Between the mainmast and the pumps, / They cut me up in four-pound junks.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|(con. 1875) Cruise of the ‘Cachalot’ 6: A bit of salt junk and a piece of bread, i.e. biscuit, flinty as a pantile [...] made an apology for a meal.|
|‘The Men Who Made Australia’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 9: While the men who made Australia live on damper, junk and tea.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 8 Jan. 1/1: The inmates of a riverside girls boarding school have a perpetual hunger [and] the maidens are losing their plumpness and erubescence on the salt junk-burgoo regimen.|
|Illus. Police News 6 Mar. 12/3: ‘I wouldn’t give a bit of salt junk for a woman that hadn’t got a spirit’.Dead Man’s Gold in|
|Ulysses 585: I’m tired of all them rocks in the sea, he said, and boats and ships. Salt junk all the time.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 79: They camped in frost or rain and lived on damper and salt junk.|
(b) poor or indigestible food.
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 24: The first remedy which should suggest itself is a purgative which will act on the liver, and cleanse the system of all the indigestible junk with which it has been overtaxed.|
|Dly Jrnl (Salem, OR) 13 Aug. 2/2: He said of these junk eaters [...] that the booze and muck-a-muck faded before them like dog-biscuit in a band of starving malamuts.|
|Algiers Motel Incident 121: He went down to the corner shop and bought a lot of potato chips and junk like that.|
|Homeboy 117: I hope that’s Nova Scotia lox [...] not that Alaskan junk.|
2. (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.
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 46: Every morning the quantum of ‘junk’ was served out, and in the evening the taskmaster came round with weights and scales to take each man’s oakum.|
3. inanimate objects.
(a) (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.
|Congressional Globe 23 Feb. 261: Champagne was charged for under the head of ‘old junk’ [DA].|
|Yale Tomahawk Feb. n.p. : The all receiving shop of some dealer in old junk.|
|Artemus Ward, His Book 105: State how much pork, impendin crysis, Dutch cheeze, popler suvrinty, [...] pickled tomaters, old junk, perfoomery, coal ile, liberty, hoop skirt, &c., you hav on hand?|
|America Revisited 76: The marine store or ‘junk’ dealer, as he is styled in New-York.|
|Gentle Grafter (1915) 131: What good is the art junk to us?‘Conscience in Art’ in|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 70: He would o’ sure landed in some big league if it hadn’t o’ been that he was caught comin’ out o’ the wrong flat with a lot o’ junk.‘Charlie the Wolf’ in|
|Kid Scanlon 235: Tony gathers up his junk and [...] beats it.|
|Spicy Detective Stories Nov. [Internet] The huge silver loving cup [...] was a massive piece of junk.‘Beyond Justice’ in|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 85: He lumped all his junk in the center of the floor.|
|Jennings Goes To School 168: How on earth do you expect to draw straight lines and accurate angles with this junk?|
|Syndicate (1998) 93: Hurry up and put that junk away.|
|Picture Palace 255: It’s junk [...] and it’s private, so stop scavenging.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 118: He kicked the tire. ‘Junk,’ he said.|
|Lucky You 6: All they found was junk.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 115: All the riders wore leather hoods, though these weren’t any cheap junk that you bought from some Soho leather queen shop.|
(b) (Aus.) the dregs of a bottle or glass of alcohol.
|DSUE (8th edn) 632/1: C.20.|
(c) (US Und.) jewellery.
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Junk. Plated jewelry.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 82: Gee, she’s got 8,000 pounds of junk [...] I saw ’em opening a jewel case.|
|Enemy to Society 77: Of course we can’t get rid of the junk for six months.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 146: If you get your hands on the ‘junk’ walk out quietly.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 518: She has plenty of junk on her in the way of diamonds.‘Cemetery Bait’ in|
|Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] You recover the loot and let him lam. That fixes it so he doesn’t have to fence the junk.‘Ruby Ransom’|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 136: junk [...] plated jewelry [...] imitation or cheap jewelry.|
|Men of the Und. 323: Junk, [...] 2. Jewelry or imitation jewelry.|
(d) a run-down vehicle.
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 45: It’s just an old junk we use for a station wagon.‘The Diamond as Big as the Ritz’ in|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 160: One hundred hell. I can out run that junk.|
|Chopper Mag. Dec. 18/2: Cheap Jap junk.|
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 195: How about letting me use one of those old junks till my car is delivered?|
(e) something unpleasant.
|Law Rides the Range 187: For the love of Jupiter, wash that smelly junk off your hair.|
(f) (US, also junkst) cheap or inferior liquor.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] junkst n 1. cheap alcohol. (‘Let’s go get some junkst.’).|
|Tuff 15: And now you drinking a Thirstbuster [...] That junk will make you sterile.|
4. (US) rubbish, nonsense.
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 48: It’s some junk his folks always done, he says.|
|Mansfield (OH) News 7 Dec. 10(?)/3: Brother Russell declared, bo, that his crowd had already framed it up with some of the big guys in the music world to put the kibosh on this line of junk.|
|Babbitt (1974) 173: Everybody has got to give salutes and all the rest of that junk, just like a regular army.|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 256: Why read a lot of junk that wasn’t even true?|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 105: I never read such a lot of junk in my life.|
|Henderson The Rain King 46: I felt I was entering the past – the real past, no history or junk like that.|
|Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 87: You know nothing of what people say and quotations and all that sort of junk.|
|Puberty Blues 52: That gave me time to write out the junk I was going to say to him.|
|‘Radio Suckers’ [lyrics] Some stations don’t care They’ll never put on the air / Nothin but commercial junk.|
|Indep. Rev. 30 July 11: If we’ve got to have junk [...] then let it be junk as lively and ludicrous as this.|
5. (US) money.
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. ii: Oh, say, are you here with any extra junk? [...] But if you have got a reckless bundle I know how you can double it in a few weeks. [Ibid.] Ch. xx: Wilbur, after losing a little junk, gives the wise guys the office that he’s jerry to the fact that they are playing with newspaper.|
|Dly Capital Jrnl (Salem, OR) 19 Aug. 4/2: He finds collecting silver junk beats blowing it, all hollow.|
6. (US) a mean, despicable man.
|Types From City Streets 36: A bloke’s a junk (bad man) if he don’t treat right [...] When a bloke wat ain’t got a nickel asks a junk for a nickel, the junk wat ain’t a gent, calls him a bum. You can always tell a junk that way.|
|College Days (Eton) 4 1 Apr. in Complete Works X (1998) 65: There were five junks in the bateau, four with the oars and one squatting in the stern.in|
7. in drugs use.
(a) (also jeesunk) opiates, orig. opium, later usu. heroin.
|Detroit Free Press (MI) 26 Apr. 82/2: The craving for ’coke’ grew so strong that i would do anything [...] even to picking up junk and selling it.|
|AS VIII:3 (1933) 28/2: JUNK. Drugs.‘Prison Dict.’ in|
|Helena (MT) Indep. 30 Dec. 2/5: Bundles and packages of morphine, cocaine, opium, yenshee and hashish [...] were burned in the kitchen range of the county bastille. The ‘junk’ [...] would have meant pipe-dreams for many addicts.|
|Stealing Through Life 267: You get those funny ideas of reforming. But a few drinks, a shot of junk, or a few hours with the bunch — aw, you know how it is.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 102: I knew she was full of junk, which she had received in her mail. All her woes and days of torture were over.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 59: Nothing can take the place of junk — just junk.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 7: I have used junk in many forms: morphine, heroin, dilaudid, eokodal, pantopon, diocodid, diosane, opium, demerol, dolophine, palfium.|
|Joint (1972) 136: Aspires to the jeesunk and chippys with it.letter 26 May in|
|Addict in the Street (1966) 32: Right there and then you got good junk, good heroin.|
|Paradise Alley (1978) 75: This tomato dipped into some bad Chinatown junk an’ dropped dead.|
|‘I’m Your Pusher’ [lyrics] You’re just a toy punk to mess with that junk.|
|Homeboy 139: Probably all the lactose in the cut: you were shooting ten times more sugar than junk.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 21: There’ll always be some cunt bringing junk into the city.|
|Life 285: Mick chose flattery, which is very like junk - a departure from reality.|
(b) non-recreational drugs in general, often medicinal.
|Compensations of War (1983) 112: I [...] am now waiting for Hub to ransack the medicine chest to see what new kind of medicine he can discover. I imagine I will be OK in a day or so if I take his junk & go to bed.diary 8 July in Carnes|
|Fast One (1936) 240: Kells bought ome aspirin, swallowed two tablets. Borg said [...] ‘That junk don’t do you no good’.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 44: I sat on the bed and wondered if this might be it. Take a box of the junk [i.e. sleeping pills] and slip out of this world.|
|Viper 136: She brought me pocketsful of junk - benzedrine, dexedrine, even some muck called opium pills.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 134: junk [...] (1) heroin. (2) any drugs. (3) inferior, diluted heroin.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 20: Then why the downers, Mo? Why the booze? How come you can’t get through a day without all that junk?|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 36: Three-quarters stoned on some newfangled junk.|
|Rope Burns 6: My memory half shot from the morphine and the other junk they pumped into me.|
(c) cannabis; also attrib.
|USA Confidential 30: Junk is bigger than ever.|
|Howard Street 99: ‘You been smokin’ herb.’ [...] ‘You know damn well I don’t mess with none of that junk.’.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 24: The scourge of grasshoppers and junk fiends everywhere.|
(d) amphetamine, benzedrine.
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 28: So Georgette, flying in her world of junk, called the Greeks.|
(e) an injectable medicine.
|in Sweet Daddy 30: Here I am mainlining this ammo junk – ammonophiline [i.e. an asthma treatment].|
8. (US campus) offensive or abusive speech.
|Campus Sl. Nov.|
9. (US) the male or female genitals.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 16: Junk: Privates. She was all over my junk.|
|slate.com 23 June [Internet] I’ve been to a nude beach a couple of times and been completely comfortable. Yet somehow I’d feel weird if i went to the beach with nothing but bright, eye-catching fabric stretched across my junk.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] [A] penis-pranking game among male friends where you lure an unsuspecting mate into looking at your junk.|
|in hazlitt.net 12 Feb. [Internet] We have woken up horny and we have gone to bed horny; it’s a word we know with our mouths, our nipples, and our junk.|
|‘I’m Back’ [lyrics] Beating off my junk to a picture of the meanest bitch.|
10. (US campus) constr. with the, the very best.
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: The junk — great; the best. ‘I’m really happy you got early acceptance to med school — yo, that’s the junk.’ ‘Man, those shoes are the junk.’.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: the junk – awesome: He thought he was the junk.|
(US campus) annoying, disappointing.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 7: junkball – uninviting, frustrating. ‘It will be so junkball if my car cuts off again.’.|
(US drugs) a heroin user whose entire existence centres on the drug.
|Ringolevio 42: Kenny Wisdom was becoming what is known as a junk hawk, that is to say, all he ever did [...] pertained to junk, as his tolerance for the stuff grew even beyond his greed for it.|
(US drugs) a drug addict or drug dealer.
|Rap Sheet 110: Some of them was cheap boosters, junkheads and prostitutes.|
|Benny Muscles In (2004) 238: You lousy junkhead, did you give that kid a jolt?|
|World’s Toughest Prison 806: junk head – A drug addict.|
|Hell to Pay 233: One of her interchangeable male friends, hustlers and junkheads themselves, always hanging around the house.|
1. a railroad train.
|‘Casy Jones, Union Scab’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 82: Casy Jones kept his junk pile running.et al.|
2. a disgusting, filthy place.
|Main Street (1921) 29: And this town [...] This junk-heap!|
|Really the Blues 121: Bix would sit at that old tinklebox [...] knocking out beautiful weird music in the middle of this junkheap.|
3. an old, battered automobile; also attrib.
|Boy’s Life Jan. 3: Contemptuously dismissed by the more knowing spectators as a junk-heap, not only the boys themselves but those against whom the car was to run knew that it had possibilities.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 324: The two coppers [...] had told him to get that ‘junk-heap’ out of town.|
|Now thrive the Armourers 131: Hey, you in front, driving this junk-heap.|
|Warriors (1966) 25: A few joy-kids [...] looking out of their doctored junk-heap.|
|No Beast So Fierce 156: Maybe I could find a way to get Mary’s junkheap. They obviously hadn’t seen me drive up in it.|
|Pallet on the Floor 133: ‘What a junk heap,’ sneered Miriam.|
|Trig or Treat 45: All you do is sit in that old junkheap of a car and bark orders.|
|Love in Vein 2 25: Jimmy DeSade's junkheap car waits for them in the alley, rumbling hulk of a Lincoln, rust bleeding from a thousand dents and scrapes in its puke-green skin.|
|Snitch Jacket 159: Last night we stealth-raided that junkheap Dodge of his.|
(US drugs) a drug addict who is seen as excessive in their consumption.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 104/1: junk-hog. An addict who indulges to great excess – excess being a relative matter, for it is difficult to determine an ‘average’ consumption of narcotics.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Junkie 21: Roy was such a junk hog that Herman and I had to shoot more than we needed to keep up with him and get our share.|
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 21: Even the junk hogs aren’t too bad off. What the hell, they get cured of their habits, don’t they?|
|Tales from the Geronimo 35: Earl was what’s known in the trade as a junk-hog. he was instabiable, utterly obsessed wioth pills, elixirs, powders.|
|Street of Dreams 66: I’m just a chippie, she's the whole junk hog.|
|Vengeance! 123: I thought she was just giving herself a little toot now and then, I didn’t know she was gobbling it up like a junk hog!|
(US drugs) a narcotics addict.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 114: Junker. – A drug addict, also known as a ‘dope fiend,’ ‘doper,’ ‘dope,’ ‘snow bird,’ ‘junk hound’ or ‘hypo.’.|
|Master of Ceremonies 206: My hands are all thumbs as I fumble with the clasp like a pumped-up junk hound.|
(US drugs) a place – an apartment, a house – used for the consumption of narcotics, crack cocaine, etc.
|Right As Rain 285: A dirty cop who was in the pocket of the drug dealer who had put his sister in a junkhouse.|
1. a heroin dealer.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 136: junk man A narcotic trafficker.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
2. a cocaine dealer.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 195: My partner [...] and I were getting our stuff from Charlie the Jap, who’s been a junk guy all his life.|
see junker n. (3)
(US police) a cell reserved for drug abusers and alcoholics.
|in Hellhole 95: Most of the girls in the junk tank at the House of D. are prostitutes, right?|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Prison Sl. 7: Junk Tank Prison cells reserved exclusively for drug addicts or alcoholics.|
(US black) large buttocks.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 16: Junk in the trunk: An attractive rear end.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] junk in the trunk Definition: a phrase that describes a woman with a large butt Example: Hey you see dat big booty sista right there? She got junk in the trunk!|
|Chicago Trib. 19 Jan. [Internet] [headline] Junk in the trunk? Find pants that fit.|
|(ref. to 2009) www.vox.com 7 June [Internet] Whitlock [...] slammed Williams in a 2009 Fox Sports column for having ‘chosen to smother’ her beauty ‘in an unsightly layer of thick, muscled blubber. [...] I am not fundamentally opposed to junk in the trunk, although my preference is a stuffed onion over an oozing pumpkin’.|
(US Und.) using narcotics.
|Men of the Und. 323: Junk, on the, Addicted to narcotics.|
(US) to gossip.
|‘10% Dis’ [lyrics] Waiting for some female to step up and pop junk.|
|Morn. Call (Allentown, PA) 24 May 38/1: ‘Popping junk’ — chatting.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 158: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Talkin smack. Poppin junk.|