\ 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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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.

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Pair yours up with your bf's plaid shirt and some slouchy denim for casual grunge feels. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 She's been a grunge angel, a dolly bird, a latter-day Warhol superstar, a preppy gone bad, an award-winning Hollywood actress and a crush-worthy girl in the crowd at Bowery Ballroom, the doyenne of downtown and a nice Connecticut girl. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Still Got It," 3 Oct. 2013 Owning the rocker vibe is as easy as following this foolproof equation: grunge graphic tee + destroyed denim + faux leather + vintage-y sunnies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Instead of sticking to the clean designs that were in vogue at that time, Jacobs tapped the energy of the grunge and punk scene instead, sending out clothes that were decidedly dressed down and shockingly unpolished. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Just Re-Wore Her Look From Marc Jacobs’s 1993 Grunge Show," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead of Halston bias cuts and bell-bottoms, the outfits ranged from grunge to Hackers to dorky dad. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 The Home Shows are the centerpiece of the grunge heroes’ ambitious campaign to raise money to fight King County homelessness. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Another batch of Pearl Jam Home Shows tickets to be released today," 6 Aug. 2018 Makeup artist Daniel Martin modernized the grunge-era brown lips by lining the mouth and filling in the top with Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil in Sable. Lauren Cohen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best of Backstage Beauty: Feb. 16," 16 Feb. 2010 Jacobs was a critical darling at that point, staging fashion shows in the streets of Soho, winning CFDA awards for turning Perry Ellis grunge, and befriending the likes of Sofia Coppola and Kim Gordon. Elizabeth Raiss,, "Why Do We Treat A Fashion Designer Leaving A Brand Like Someone Dying?," 14 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
US, informal : heavy dirt

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