One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An old car in poor condition.‘a gas-guzzling polluting junker’
- ‘When my junker died I couldn't find a vehicle that I liked enough to waste vast sums of cash on.’
- ‘Education is the vehicle for our future, don't make us drive away in a junker like this.’
- ‘The Beverly Hills cops drive pristine cars; he drives an old, dilapidated junker.’
- ‘Lindy tried to get them to dump the junker two years ago after she bought the hybrid.’
- ‘Finally, remind yourself that the choices you make now will help determine whether you end up a well-tuned muscle car or a rusted-out old junker.’
- ‘The woman claims to have just purchased the junker but doesn't have any paperwork or proof of ownership.’
- ‘If you're buying used, you really have to make sure you don't buy a junker.’
- ‘He'll inherit his grandma's car if she ever dies and that thing is a junker.’
- ‘Can you fix this junker enough to run another six months, or should we scrap it?’
- ‘He makes one blunder after another, like trading his Mercedes for a junker and getting a consultation for liposuction.’
- ‘"The transmission is shot, the brakes are on their last legs, and all things considered I don't think a person as successful as you should be tooling around in a beat-up old junker like this," the car will good-naturedly inform the owner.’
2dated A drug addict.‘junkers on the porches cussin' out everyone who walks by’
abuser, userView synonyms
- ‘Izzy and I turned more and more back toward the junkers we were.’
- ‘She changed, and became a junker nymphomaniac.’
- ‘Methadone was developed so junkers wouldnt jump outta their skin.’
- ‘For an unassuming pair of country-folk dreamers, their debut resonates with a wild collection of weirdos: county-fair folk-fest burn-outs, cowboy junkers, and record store braggarts.’
- ‘He became a junker on the streets fighting against things that don't exist.’
1920s: from junk + -er.
A German nobleman or aristocrat, especially a member of the Prussian aristocracy.‘a Reich dominated by the Junkers and an industrial bourgeoisie’as modifier ‘Junker resistance to the abolition of serfdom’
- ‘Many historians continue to view the Prussian Junker as the residual villain of modern German history.’
- ‘Moreover, there were similar disparities in wealth and status: magnates of the Silesian nobility had little in common with backwoodsmen like the Prussian Junkers.’
- ‘The propagandists were often as skilful and as devious as the great Prussian Junker himself.’
- ‘Those farmers who remained on the land became more militant, resulting in the loss of power by the old rural upper orders, from East Prussian Junkers to the Boycotts of North Mayo.’
- ‘By 1815 the Junker aristocracy was back in the saddle and concessions became even more restricted.’
German, earlier Junkher, from Middle High German junc ‘young’ + herre ‘lord’.
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