\ 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

Other Words from grunge

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 And no, Plush isn’t named for STP’s signature 1992 grunge hit. Matt Wake |, al, 28 Dec. 2021 Composed of ten tracks of varying ferocity, this album lightens the grunge load, moving toward a softer pop sound and bringing greater texture to De Souza’s pained love songs. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 That music didn’t hew to any of the popular rock trends, instead trying on industrial, metal, grunge, and shoegaze in service of the album’s overarching pregnancy-horror concept. Justin Curto, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Laroi draws most overtly from grunge and hip-hop; Rodrigo, from Taylor Swift; Juice Wrld, from mixtape rappers. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2021 The landmark album, grunge’s breakthrough, turns 30 and adds four complete live shows from 1991-92, where the trio really flexed its musical muscles. Gary Graff, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 Since then, the heavy metal chain pendant has been a constant presence, serving as a, if not the, touchstone of her signature grunge glamour. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2021 The star hit the red carpet at the Met Gala in a custom corset Oscar de la Renta tulle gown — a far departure from her usual grunge style. Kaitlyn Frey,, 15 Dec. 2021 The playing of guitarist Chad Carter, bassist Sam George and drummer Josh Wright hits a sweet spot between classic-rock, grunge and modern sounds. Matt Wake |, al, 6 Dec. 2021

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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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31 Dec 2021

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“Grunge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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