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
Recent Examples on the Web There are some breathtaking shots of Gus and Jepperd making their way through the wilderness at the start of the episode that contrast with both the sinisterly sterile suburb and a grungy, chaotic Market that’s full of people barely scraping by. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 4 June 2021 For a while, Patel put Gem Spa’s remains—including the awning, the egg-cream station, and the yellow storefront signs that became emblems of East Village grungy chic—in storage, but that got expensive, too. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 This is light and bright, but a little bit grungy too, with plenty of attitude. Elle Turner, Glamour, 17 Apr. 2021 Nevertheless, the idea that the grungy 20th district, whose claim to culinary fame was always its sausage stands, might really be the place to spend half my travel budget on a single dinner took some time to get my head around. John Wray, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2021 But, The Weeknd still slid in some of his classic grungy-sensual vibes right under our noses. Ariana Romero,, 7 Feb. 2021 Thankfully, dark under-eye circles are welcome on TikTok, where users frequently post makeup tutorials on how to get a grungy and disheveled look that anyone over the age of 25 can accomplish by merely existing. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 25 Jan. 2021 Back then this stretch of Massachusetts Avenue was genuinely grungy. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2020 Recently, Mendes’s style has been really rock and roll, sometimes even grungy. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Grungy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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