\ˈgəŋk \

Definition of gunk 

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

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gunky \ˈgəŋ-​kē \ 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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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 Cars use air filters to prevent gunk from entering the engine or interior. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip," 25 Apr. 2017 Then would come extractions, the technical name for a pro going pore by pore to squeeze out gunk and blackheads. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried Sephora’s Free Pore Vacuum Facial, and the Results Were Crazy," 22 June 2018 Use the nozzle attachments to go over the top, sides, and box spring, sucking dust and gunk out of the crevices and welting. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 But the retailer just announced something totally new for the chain — full 30-minute facials that de-gunk your pores and hydrate your skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sephora Is Now Offering Free Hydrating Facials in Stores," 1 May 2018 Promising to be completely pain-free, activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out gunk from pores to minimize their appearance while ingredients like squalene, soothe and hydrate the skin. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Amazon Is Launching Exclusive Beauty Products for Prime Day 2018," 10 July 2018 By one estimate, vessels intentionally discharge some 276,000 tonnes of oily gunk into the sea each year, nearly half as much as the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 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

: material that is dirty, sticky, or greasy


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Kids Definition of gunk

: a dirty, greasy, or sticky substance

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gunky \ˈgəŋ-​kē \ adjective

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