Main definitions of junker in US English:

: junker1Junker2

junker1

noun

North American
informal
  • 1An old car in poor condition.

    ‘a gas-guzzling polluting junker’
    • ‘Can you fix this junker enough to run another six months, or should we scrap it?’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘Education is the vehicle for our future, don't make us drive away in a junker like this.’
    • ‘When my junker died I couldn't find a vehicle that I liked enough to waste vast sums of cash on.’
    • ‘If you're buying used, you really have to make sure you don't buy a junker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'll inherit his grandma's car if she ever dies and that thing is a junker.’
    • ‘He makes one blunder after another, like trading his Mercedes for a junker and getting a consultation for liposuction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The woman claims to have just purchased the junker but doesn't have any paperwork or proof of ownership.’
  • 2dated A drug addict.

    ‘junkers on the porches cussin' out everyone who walks by’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She changed, and became a junker nymphomaniac.’
    • ‘Izzy and I turned more and more back toward the junkers we were.’
    • ‘Methadone was developed so junkers wouldnt jump outta their skin.’
    • ‘He became a junker on the streets fighting against things that don't exist.’
    abuser, user
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Origin

1920s: from junk + -er.

Pronunciation

junker

/ˈjəNGkər/

Main definitions of junker in US English:

: junker1Junker2

Junker2

noun

historical
  • A German nobleman or aristocrat, especially a member of the Prussian aristocracy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many historians continue to view the Prussian Junker as the residual villain of modern German history.’
    • ‘By 1815 the Junker aristocracy was back in the saddle and concessions became even more restricted.’

Origin

German, earlier Junkher, from Middle High German junc ‘young’ + herre ‘lord’.

Pronunciation

Junker

/ˈyo͝oNGkər/