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

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 Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready is transforming the tragedies and triumphs of the Seattle grunge scene into a new rock opera, the guitarist told Guitar World magazine. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Hannah Watkins, head of prints & graphics at trend forecasting agency WGSN, echoes this, pointing to Marc Jacobs' spring '23 and Daniel Lee’s Burberry debut for fall '23, which included grunge takes on the trend. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, 4 Sep. 2023 Pink In the pop star's yearbook photo, her cord necklace highlighted the grunge flair of the decade. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2023 Marc Jacobs and John Galliano, the bad boys of ’90s grunge and glamour, have been in recovery for years. Nick Haramis Lise Sarfati Delphine Danhier, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Depp’s new look evokes the grunge aesthetic, famously popularized in the ’90s by Nirvana and its revered frontman, Kurt Cobain. Alex Kessler, Glamour, 5 Sep. 2023 The story of grunge has been told in feature films, documentaries, books, and a zillion magazine articles, adding up to a sort of Gen X mythology that keeps drawing new generations of acolytes. Jonathan Zwickel, Spin, 27 Aug. 2023 The textured black crop top is sure to be a hit, and the low-rise bell-bottom plaid pants are about as obvious a ’90s nod as grunge fashion can get. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 13 July 2023 This week, Billboard ranked the 50 Greatest Rock Lead Singers of All Time — spanning classic rock and alternative to grunge, punk and everything in between — to rank the most talented and formidable forces within the field, dating back to the 1960s. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from grungy

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grunge was in 1965

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“Grunge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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