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Is a current bastardization of a very old American word, Yankee. Which is a bastardization of the first, John Cheese. The first American settlers were dutch, and the first person who bought Manhattan, was Anneke Jans. So when the British settlers came over and were trying to diss the Dutch, they called them Yawn Kees, or John Cheese. So Janky is a mispronunciation of jankees, which is how you spell it. Trip out. Now you know.
That shit don't work, its janky.
by dj the great January 09, 2012
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1.
(adjective) inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and delapidated; refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to people
We tried to pick up on these girls waiting for the bus, but I was driving my sister's janky 1989 geo metro so we just got clowned instead.
by the jankinator March 25, 2003
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2.
adjective used to describe a person, place or thing which is questionable, fucked up, wrong, strange, broken down, undesirable, and/or just some thing you can't think of another word for. The origin of this work is explained somewhat in the conversation example. Friends and I were sitting around drinking coffee one morning, and I was bitching about my empty cup when my friend blamed the lack of coffee on the "janky ass coffee maker." I have since heard the word in the movie Friday.
Other forms: janked, janked up, janked out,
I was dancing with my friends and some janky old mutherfucker came up to me and started grabbin' my ass!

Michelle: yo, when's that coffee going to be ready?

Crystal: I don't know. This janky ass coffee maker takes forever.

He was a weirdo and made me feel all janked out, so I left.

I didn't get into Harvard. I don't know what I'm going to do now - it's totally janked up.
by Michelle Stinnett August 01, 2005
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3.
Poorly constructed or of poor quality
This janky shirt she gave me is falling apart.
by Werd December 08, 2002
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4.
Poorly constructed or put together, and does not seem like it should function at all, although it may perform beyond expectations.
That entire computer system is janky
by leaf November 11, 2003
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5.
A conjunctive form of both skanky and junky, thus denoting something both gross and in poor condition.
My friend, Larry, lives in a real shit-hole. There's dirty socks on the couch and it smells of bong-water. Man, that place is janky!
by Clinto-beans July 13, 2006
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6.
Undesirable; less-than optimum.
Your mother cooks janky collard greens.
by Boomer December 09, 1999
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7.
an undesireable item that has both bad taste in style and quality.
That old shoe is janky.
by Lee Chun May 25, 2003
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