This page is about the slang term janky

American English


poorly made, of low quality

For example

  • Dave keeps riding his janky old motorbike. I wish he'd get a new one.

  • How come you got those janky sneakers on? Why don't you get some good ones?


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Did you see the janky car he came in? It looks

a. totally cool

b. really fast

c. so old and dirty
a) totally cool b) really fast c) so old and dirty

See Slang of the Day today

Contributor: Matt Errey