grun·​gy | \ ˈgrən-jē How to pronounce grungy (audio) \
grungier; grungiest

Definition of grungy

1 : shabby or dirty in character or condition
2 : characteristic of grunge music or fashion

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Examples of grungy in a Sentence

After working in the garden all day, I felt sweaty and grungy. a grungy pair of jeans

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The gleaming, imposing Cirque du Soleil big top is jammed up against the highway at Market Street, surrounded by grungy steel and cement and dirt. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Inside Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ tent, you’ll find pure enchantment," 20 June 2019 Their sewers lair is not the grungy hole from the comics, but a cozy dwelling that reflects communal society of people who built comfort with their own hands. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Can Play the X-Men Now?," 7 June 2019 Meanwhile, an adorable Shih Tzu named Daisy (a sassy Tiffany Haddish) has made the mistake of thinking Snowball is a real super hero and asks for his help rescuing an abused tiger cub at a grungy downtown circus. Laura Demarco,, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: The pack is back and funnier than ever (review)," 5 June 2019 Charly Bliss shelved an early, grungy version of what would become 2017's Guppy, switched producers, and spent almost two years fine-tuning their debut, searching for a polished, streamlined sound befitting their killer melodic instincts. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 This Grungy Shoe While many stylish celebrities are embracing quirky shoe trends such as plastic heels or dad sneakers, there’s a crew of models who prefer the timeless appeal of the grungy Dr. Martens lace-up. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Kendall, Now Gigi Is Bringing Back This Grungy Shoe," 28 May 2019 Indie rocker Barnett responded to her misogynistic trolls with this grungy track that shows how women deal with toxic masculinity and male privilege. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Write the Most Empowering Music—and These 33 Songs Prove It," 8 Mar. 2019 For newlyweds Justin and Hailey Bieber, his grungy, Californian skateboarder aesthetic paired well with her Instagirl vibe (think lots of oversize coats, bike shorts, and more). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Fashion-Forward Couples Who Dominated 2018," 29 Nov. 2018 Amazon is often the target of those who bemoan the fading of Seattle’s proud grungy, artistic, blue-collar vibe. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "HQ2: What’s in it for New York, Virginia sites? Amazon lays out some perks," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of grungy

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grungy

origin unknown

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