: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter
gunky adjective

Examples of gunk in a Sentence

The engine was all full of gunk. I need to wipe this gunk off my hands.
Recent Examples on the Web At face value, pore strips appear to pull out the gunk from black- and whiteheads. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 9 Apr. 2024 As for wet messes, the device is made to tackle all sorts of slimy, sticky, chunky, and greasy gunk. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Apart from the obvious benefit of getting rid of the gunk, there are numerous pluses to cleaning your carpet regularly. USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 This cleaning spray works well on water spots, shower gunk, and that orangey toilet water ring. Ella Field, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Mar. 2024 It’ll get rid of gunk without stripping hair or dulling color, leaving it softer and more manageable. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 For rust and gunk, soak the handheld can opener or the removable cutting wheel of an electric can opener in vinegar for a few minutes. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 27 Feb. 2024 The multiple tips have multiple functions: use the precision tip to break up up gunk and grime, while the brush helps to sweep away dirt and debris. Tim Chan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 The caustic gunk is usually relegated to giant landfills, unless something like an industrial accident unleashes torrents of the sludge, as was unfortunately the case for rural Hungarian residents back in 2010. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History


from Gunk, trademark for a cleaning solvent

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunk was in 1943

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“Gunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunk. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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