We use the word "junk" for things that have very little value or things that are worthless:
The adjective form is "junky."
When you use the word "junk" in front of "food," it becomes "junk food." This is food that has very little nutritional value–candy, cookies, chips, donuts, etc.
This car is in a junk yard. It doesn’t run, and it’s all rusty, but Dave wants to buy it and restore it to its original condition.
Is it a piece of junk, or is it valuable?
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This page was first published on February 25, 2012. It was updated on June 10, 2015.