See also: jänk

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Etymology edit

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

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jank (uncountable)

  1. (computing, slang, rare) Perceptible pause in the smooth rendering of a software application's user interface due to slow operations or poor interface design.
    • 2013, Nick Sutrich, Android Headlines:
      This also marks the first time I haven’t felt that Samsung jank on the phone, which deserves its own paragraph in its own right. That weird stuttering and pausing you’ve seen on so many Samsung phones seems to be almost completely gone on the Note 3 []
    • 2013, Addy Osmani, Smashing Magazine:
      In cases where you’re concerned about scrolling, the browser can manage the frame rate for you. But if you introduce a large amount of jank, then it won’t be able to do as good a job.
    • 2015, Bogdan Petrovan, Android Authority:
      in order to hit this impressive frame rate, the “jank-free” Sky prioritizes the UI over other processes, meaning the app should stay smooth when it works heavily in the background.
    • 2018, Eli White, Facebook React Native Blog:
      Even though JavaScript will try to update the animation every frame, it will likely not be able to do that fast enough and will cause dropped frames (jank) to occur.

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jank (comparative more jank, superlative most jank)

  1. (computing, slang, rare) Janky. Example: Sadly, my new laptop is even more jank than my old one.

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /jɑŋk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑŋk

Noun edit

jank c (plural janken, diminutive jankje n)

  1. yowl, howl, cry

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  1. inflection of janken:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative