grun·​gy | \ˈgrən-jē \
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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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 Try a grungy look with a slip dress and oversized sweater, punctuated by your fave pair of hiking boots. Jade Vallario, Teen Vogue, "Best Fall Boots: Hiking Boots Under $160," 10 Oct. 2018 The setting may be grungy, but the takeaway is clear: Sivan’s style can brighten up any room. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Troye Sivan Masters the Slouchy Suit in His New Music Video," 20 July 2018 But anyone who holds the Beatles’ Royal Albert Hall moments in equally high esteem as their grungy Cavern Club days shouldn’t pass up Classical Mystery Tour. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Classical Mystery Tour dresses up Fab Four in tuxes and tails," 3 July 2018 Most of the game is spent exploring grungy locations, like a creaking giant U-boat or the ruins of New York City, while firing machine guns at a seemingly never-ending wave of Nazis. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Wolfenstein II on the Switch is the best way to kill Nazis on the go," 29 June 2018 The 11 host cities, many still grungy not long ago, are resplendent. Fox News, "Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image," 20 June 2018 The 11 host cities, many still grungy not long ago, are resplendent. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles," 20 June 2018 Less subtle were Citizen, who too often overwhelmed their grungy alt-rock with pitchy screamo vocals. Terence Cawley,, "Spirited opening for Boston Calling," 26 May 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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