\ ˈgəŋk How to pronounce gunk (audio) \

Definition of gunk

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

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gunky \ ˈgəŋ-​kē How to pronounce gunk (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of gunk in a Sentence

The engine was all full of gunk. I need to wipe this gunk off my hands.
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First Known Use of gunk

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gunk

from Gunk, trademark for a cleaning solvent

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22 Jun 2022

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“Gunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈgəŋk How to pronounce gunk (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunk

: a dirty, greasy, or sticky substance

Other Words from gunk

gunky \ ˈgəŋ-​kē \ adjective


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