\ ˈgrənj \

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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What Zauner actually does in Philly is write and perform music that is known for having heart-wrenching lyrics set to a lo-fi grunge sound. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "Meet the Female Rock Star Who Practices Yoga During Sound Checks," 11 June 2018 In addition to a high-90s fastball, Luzardo also has a name that’s extremely reminiscent of seminal 1990s post-hardcore noise-grunge outfit The Jesus Lizard. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 Girl Fight channels seminal 90’s riot grrrl but also explores gritty proto-grunge and minimalist punk. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Grayling album release, J. Walker & the Crossguards, Chris Canas," 12 July 2018 Bad Luck’s next show, for example, puts them alongside Sub Pop’s new-age, elegiac Tiny Vipers, soft-rock band Hoop, and Red Ribbon, whose most recent album oscillates between muted grunge-punk and tender indie-folk. Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times, "‘This is cool music’: A younger crew of Seattle jazz-informed musicians bend genres, creating their own sound," 9 July 2018 In March 1989, before grunge broke, Sub Pop flew an English journalist named Everett True to Seattle to write a story for The Melody Maker. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 Apr. 2018 The former drummer of the grunge band Nirvana talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about reentering music following the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 8)," 6 July 2018 Also in the lineup: singer-songwriter Carmel Liburdi, who will bring her smorgasbord of pop, grunge and folk. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Downtown Brown, Amino Acids, AM People, free JR JR show," 14 June 2018 Cobain was the lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana in the 1990s before his untimely death at the age of 27. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "The top 10 pop culture references in Kanye West and Kid Cudi's new album, 'Kids See Ghosts'," 8 June 2018

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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

: heavy dirt

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