\ ˈgrənj How to pronounce grunge (audio) \

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.

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Being included among bestselling albums from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden proved Love could compete with the grunge male heavyweights of the day. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Hootie became, to some, a punch line — shorthand for the kind of middlebrow rock music that arrived in the wake of grunge’s demise. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 2019 Bennington's career began in Phoenix, first with Sean Dowdell and His Friends, then Grey Daze, a post-grunge band that also featured Dowdell. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: Flotsam and Jetsam, Wade Cota, Joey DeFrancesco, DaDadoh," 5 June 2019 In the late '80s, Gizmodo notes, it was adopted by counterculture musicians in the Pacific Northwest, with grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam appropriating the print. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "A Brief History Of...Plaid," 18 Aug. 2015 Mack, 46, grew up during the height of grunge and hip-hop in the 1980s and early 1990s. Callie Carmichael, USA TODAY, "Andre Mack wants to bring hip hop culture to winemaking," 7 June 2019 But Sub Pop signed bands from elsewhere too, which weren’t grunge—bands like the Afghan Whigs or Red Red Meat. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Taking to Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes, as Manos—a Lost '90s Indie-Rock Classic—Gets a Deluxe Reissue," 5 Dec. 2018 The au courant Midwestern sound was grunge with vocals lowered by an octave. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Long after trends like grunge, gangsta rap and rap rock have faded, the joyous sounding Nukes keep rolling. Matt Wake |,, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019

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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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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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