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

Examples of grungy in a Sentence

After working in the garden all day, I felt sweaty and grungy. a grungy pair of jeans
Recent Examples on the Web Throw it back this Halloween with a nod to grungy '80s hair bands. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 3 Aug. 2022 She is known for her grungy take on red-carpet style, but Billie Eilish arrived at the Oscars 2022 wearing her sleekest beauty look to date. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2022 The former was released as the record’s lead single in June alongside a grungy music video, while the latter is due out Friday (July 15). Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 14 July 2022 On one hand, Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat sound shares stylistic similarities with Nigerian rock: percussive rhythms, and grungy electric guitar and organ work. Ama Udofa, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2022 When the coffee table's white tile and grout look a bit grungy, Joseph simply wipes it down with Borax and warm water. Joseph Wanek, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 Pieces of electrical tape mark three Xs on the grungy tan floor at Sun Studio. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Denim platforms can be grungy in one look, sweetly rustic with the next. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 For the debut ready-to-wear show for her label AISH, Jean Hsia mixed wild west references with a hint of retro; highlights included deconstructed denim, chiffon, and soft yet grungy textured layers. Leslie Sun, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grungy

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grungy

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10 Aug 2022

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“Grungy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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