grun·​gy ˈgrən-jē How to pronounce grungy (audio)
grungier; grungiest
: shabby or dirty in character or condition
: 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
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Word History


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First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grungy was in 1965

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“Grungy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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grun·​gy ˈgrən-jē How to pronounce grungy (audio)
grungier; grungiest
: being in a shabby or dirty condition

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