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
Examples of grunge in a Sentence
I'm a fan of grunge.
I cleared the grunge out of the drains.
Recent Examples of grunge from the Web
Fresh out of his gig drumming for grunge trio Nirvana — dissolved after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 — Grohl was attempting to restart his life.
If grunge prized murky guitar textures, pounding drums and lumbering bass lines with attitudinally angsty shouting, other bands were making slightly more sensitive music.
Jenkins wasn’t angry and didn’t fit the post-grunge mold.
Cornell gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden, one of the most successful grunge bands to come of out Seattle in the early 1990s.
In a bit of irony, Raffloer never liked grunge music.
And the pendulum started its long-term swings: progressive rock and corporate rock would be swatted back by punk and disco, hair metal would be blasted by grunge and hip-hop.
The memorial service for the father of three and one of the celebrated leaders of the grunge movement was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California.
Many left heartfelt notes, guitar picks and one woman left roses wrapped in a flannel shirt, an emblem of the grunge era.
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Origin and Etymology of grunge
back-formation from grungy
First Known Use: 1965See Words from the same year
GRUNGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grunge for English Language Learners
: 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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