Main definitions of junker in US English:

: junker1Junker2

junker1

noun

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

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

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, there were similar disparities in wealth and status: magnates of the Silesian nobility had little in common with backwoodsmen like the Prussian Junkers.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Junker

/ˈyo͝oNGkər/