\ ˈgəŋk How to pronounce gunk (audio) \

Definition of gunk

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

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

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crud, dirt, filth, grime, muck, smut, soil

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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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No matter how much pink gunk came away on my cotton swab, there was always more lurking in some inaccessible crevice. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Country Living, "The Honeywell HCM350W Humidifier Is Single-Handedly Helping Me Survive the Winter," 12 Feb. 2019 Knife Block Clean Mama warns that the inside of your knife block could be hiding some gunk. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "18 Places You Should Be Cleaning with Vinegar in Your Kitchen," 18 Jan. 2018 Scrub stubborn gunk and grime with a non-abrasive wipe, like Brillo Basics Estracell Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 Getting rid of that all that gunk often takes hours—and some serious elbow grease. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "This Trick Will Forever Change How You Clean Your Oven," 14 Mar. 2016 This cleanser relies on those silver ions, a gentle acid complex, and probiotics to dissolve all of the gunk and grime without disrupting your skin’s delicate oil balance. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Face Wash Is the Only Thing That Helped My Acne," 29 Aug. 2018 This unscented toner relies on alpha hydroxy acids to loosen up gunk that may be clogging your pores. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Peach & Lily Is Adding 4 New K-Beauty Products to Its Amazing Skin-Care Line," 15 Aug. 2018 One simple way to ward dirt off: rub the antenna with wax paper to give it a protective coat that will repel gunk. 7. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Car Cleaning Advice — Plus, 11 Mistakes You Might Be Making," 3 Nov. 2017 Purifying usually refers to a formula that sucks gunk out of your skin, but not here. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This K-Beauty Face Cleanser Is So Popular, One Sells Every 3.1 Seconds," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gunk

chiefly US, informal : material that is dirty, sticky, or greasy


\ 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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