\ 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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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 Left guard Dalton Risner has been battling viral gunk for most of the week and sat out after halftime. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Lions," 22 Dec. 2019 Pull the hooded electrical cable off the spark plug, then use a small brush to clean the area around the spark plug to prevent any accumulated gunk from falling down into the engine. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Store Small Engines for the Winter," 9 Dec. 2019 How to fix it: Once per week (or as needed), pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over your eyelash curler to de-gunk it. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "5 Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Eyelash Curler," 29 Oct. 2019 Carroll played a video showing white gunk caked on parts of the inside of a lateral, the pipe that connects the restaurant’s plumbing to the city’s sewer main. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa Denny’s gets heat over sewage spills," 23 Sep. 2019 Even so, floating catchers are no match for the ocean plastic problem, with much of the gunk swirling thousands of feet deep. Wired, "7 Trillion Microplastic Particles Pollute the San Francisco Bay Each Year," 3 Oct. 2019 One mud pot was enthusiastic Saturday, shooting black gunk several feet into the air. Steve Schoonover, The Mercury News, "The route to Hell is open again in Northern California," 20 Sep. 2019 The video below starts with the original graphics, then flips to the new (and much smoother) sprites a few seconds in, an effect that’s a bit like cleaning all the gunk off your glasses. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: First look at Command & Conquer remaster, Payday 2 back from the dead," 25 Oct. 2019 Removing little bits of gunk from your teeth is super important. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019

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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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29 Dec 2019

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“Gunk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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