Definitions

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  • noun jargon, computing, rare Problematic blocking of a software application's user interface due to slow operations.

Etymologies

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Ostensibly back-formation from janky ("shoddy, poor quality").

Examples

  • And yes… while I love the word jank, it’s beginning to remind me of that line in Mean Girls… Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.

    Get yer Monday morning mashups! | EW.com

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new PopWatch catchphrase (to go along with our new favorite adjective: "jank"), courtesy of the best

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

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  • A word my son uses to describe things that are worthless. From the Urban Dictionary: "broken; unnecessarily redundant, superfluous, or meaningless; stupid or ridiculously moronic; bootleg or of questionable quality."

    Typical usage: "My teacher made us read the whole chapter. It was so jank."

    February 19, 2008

  • wierd. maybe i'll randomly start saying it.

    April 20, 2008

  • Stupid; gay; retarded; anything that is the opposite of cool.

    January 15, 2009

  • Excuse me--gay? Have a little sensitivity, pal.

    January 15, 2009

  • I guess it's gay in the usual UD slang.

    January 15, 2009

  • Doesn't matter. To me, it's still offensive.

    January 15, 2009

  • Yeah. Using gay pejoratively is completely jank.

    January 15, 2009

  • Well, there's no need to say that I agree with you.

    January 16, 2009

  • I find it interesting that nobody took umbrage to the use of "retarded."

    January 16, 2009

  • dontcry: I was going to make a comment objecting, but got distracted.

    Prolagus: I think what you wanted to say is better expressed by "It goes without saying that I agree with you". Although "there's no need to say that I agree with you" technically means the same, it sounds unidiomatic somehow.

    (Trying to pin down why this is the case, the best I can come up with is "It goes without saying that ..." is neutral while "there's no need to ...." often has an element of reproach and refers to something one's interlocutor has just said or done, e.g. "there's no need to be snide" or "there's no need to get so high-and-mighty". I dunno. Maybe I'm being overly picky. It goes without saying that I wouldn't want to offend you .... :-) )

    January 16, 2009