\ˈgəŋk \

Definition of gunk 

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

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Other Words from gunk

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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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 For extra gunk-fighting power, spray the grates with lemon juice or our old friend white vinegar first. Meghan Overdeep, ajc, "Why you should be cleaning your grill with an onion," 2 July 2018 That's why Allure spoke to both a podiatrist and a dermatologist to learn all about the gunk in-between your toes. Marci Robin, Allure, "What Is Toe Jam, and How Do You Get Rid of It?," 8 May 2018 But Roth was too moralistic, too observant at the high altar of modernism, too prissy to get into the funk and gunk of true swingdom. James Wolcott, Vanities, "The Joy of Reading Philip Roth, Riffer, Rhetorical Flamethrower, Super-Monologuist," 24 May 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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