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Definition of grunge

1 : one that is grungy
2 : rock music incorporating elements of punk rock and heavy metal also : the untidy fashions typical of fans of grunge

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grunger \ ˈgrən-​jər \ noun

Examples of grunge in a Sentence

I'm a fan of grunge. I cleared the grunge out of the drains.
Recent Examples on the Web Doja Cat looked equal parts glam and grunge in a sultry sequined ensemble, courtesy of Matthew Williams for Givenchy, at the 2020 MTV European Music Awards last night. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Doja Cat Channeled Her Inner Punk Princess in Custom Givenchy at the MTV EMAs," 9 Nov. 2020 Hosted by international editor at large and walking fashion encyclopedia Hamish Bowles, the series has so far touched on everything from the rise of the supermodel to the grunge phenomenon. Liam Hess, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 2 Nov. 2020 Joe’s first musical love while growing up in Seoul wasn’t glossy pop but grunge and nu-metal — Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine were early favorites. Nolan Feeney, Billboard, "Meet the K-Pop Exec Helping Blackpink Make History," 5 Nov. 2020 Those guitars mixed firepower and finesse, grunge and glory. Keith Spera,, "Missing Voodoo Fest this weekend? Remember these highlights from years past," 30 Oct. 2020 On Tuesday, the model was snapped walking the streets of New York City in a look that was a dash preppy, a bit grunge, and a whole lot of cool. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Goes Back to School in a Burberry Outfit," 15 Oct. 2020 The collection, which was inspired by vintage Hollywood and film, included all our favourites from the brand, from tweed and pearls to suits with a grunge twist. Eliza Huber,, "Lily-Rose Depp Paired A Belly Chain With A Tweed Jacket At Chanel," 6 Oct. 2020 Traveling Salvation Show, to recent grunge tribute Dirt Circus, Fowler’s been part of Huntsville music since the ’80s. Matt Wake |, al, "This Alabama musician’s best song is actually a book," 12 Oct. 2020 Don yours with a band tee and failsafe Dr. Martens to capture the grunge era perfectly. Georgia Murray,, "24 Pieces That Prove There’s A Corduroy Look For Everyone This Season," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of grunge

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grunge

back-formation from grungy

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The first known use of grunge was in 1965

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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grunge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grunge

: a type of loud rock music that was popular especially in the early 1990s also : the fashions associated with this type of music
US, informal : heavy dirt

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