Junk vs. Trash

Junk vs. Trash — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Junk and Trash

Junknoun

Discarded material, such as glass, rags, paper, or metal, some of which may be reused in some form.

Trashnoun

Worthless or discarded material or objects; refuse or rubbish.

Junknoun

Articles that are worn-out or fit to be discarded

broken furniture and other junk in the attic.

Trashnoun

A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded

threw the wrapper in the trash.

Junknoun

Cheap or shoddy material.

Trashnoun

Something considered worthless or of inferior quality, such as a piece of writing.

Junknoun

Something meaningless, fatuous, or unbelievable

nothing but junk in the annual report.

Trashnoun

Disparaging, often abusive speech about a person or group.

Junknoun

The genitals.

Trashnoun

A person or group of people regarded as worthless or contemptible.

Junknoun

The buttocks.

Trashnoun

Something broken off or removed to be discarded, especially plant trimmings.

Junknoun

(Slang) Heroin.

Trashnoun

The refuse of sugarcane after extraction of the juice.

Junknoun

Hard salt beef for consumption on board a ship.

Trashverb

To throw away; discard

trashed the broken toaster.

Junknoun

A traditional Chinese sailing vessel having a high poop and usually two or more masts bearing battened lugsails.

Trashverb

To damage or wreck, as by vandalism

The house got trashed during the party.

Junkverb

To discard as useless or sell to be reused as parts; scrap.

Trashverb

To criticize severely or attack verbally

The film was trashed by reviewers.

Junkadjective

Cheap, shoddy, or worthless

junk jewelry.

Trashverb

To remove twigs or branches from (a tree, for example).

Junkadjective

Having a superficial appeal or utility, but lacking substance

"the junk issues that have dominated this year's election" (New Republic).

Trashverb

To cut off the outer leaves of (growing sugarcane).

Junkadjective

Relating to or similar to junk bonds, especially in having a high risk of default

debt of junk status.

Trashnoun

Useless things to be discarded; rubbish; refuse.

Junknoun

Discarded or waste material; rubbish, trash.

Trashnoun

A container into which things are discarded.

Junknoun

A collection of miscellaneous items of little value.

Trashnoun

Something worthless or of poor quality.

Junknoun

(slang) Any narcotic drug, especially heroin.

Trashnoun

People of low social status or class. See, for example, white trash or Eurotrash.

Junknoun

(slang) The clothed genitalia.

Trashnoun

A fan who is excessively obsessed with their fandom and its fanworks.

I am Harry Potter trash.

Junknoun

(nautical) Salt beef.

Trashnoun

(computing) Temporary storage on disk for files that the user has deleted, allowing them to be recovered if necessary.

Junknoun

Pieces of old cable or cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.

Trashnoun

A collar, leash, or halter used to restrain a dog in pursuing game.

Junknoun

(dated) A fragment of any solid substance; a thick piece; a chunk.

Trashverb

(US) To discard.

Junknoun

(attributive) Material or resources of a kind lacking commercial value.

junk fish; junk trees

Trashverb

(US) To make into a mess.

The burglars trashed the house.

Junknoun

(nautical) A Chinese sailing vessel.

Trashverb

(US) To beat soundly in a game.

Junkverb

(transitive) To throw away.

Trashverb

(US) To disrespect someone or something

Junkverb

(transitive) To find something for very little money (meaning derived from the term junk shop)

(On Facebook, a record collector wrote:) "The newest addition to my Annette Hanshaw collection, I junked this beautiful flawless E-copy within walking distance from my house."

Trashverb

To free from trash, or worthless matter; hence, to lop; to crop.

to trash the rattoons of sugar cane

Junknoun

the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Trashverb

To treat as trash, or worthless matter; hence, to spurn, humiliate, or crush.

Junknoun

any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails

Trashverb

To hold back by a trash or leash, as a dog in pursuing game; hence, to retard, encumber, or restrain; to clog; to hinder vexatiously.

Junkverb

dispose of (something useless or old);

trash these old chairsjunk an old carscrap your old computer

Trashnoun

worthless material that is to be disposed of

Trashnoun

worthless people

Trashnoun

nonsensical talk or writing

Trashnoun

amphetamine used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

Trashverb

dispose of (something useless or old);

trash these old chairsjunk an old carscrap your old computer

Trashverb

express a totally negative opinion of;

The critics panned the performance