gunk

noun
\ ˈgəŋk How to pronounce gunk (audio) \

Definition of gunk

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

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Other Words from gunk

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

Synonyms for gunk

Synonyms

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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For really stubborn gunk, a paste of vinegar and baking soda helps the brush scrub off the worst bits. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 14 May 2019 Shop Grill Cleaning Products If the grates are really dirty, soak them a second time to help soften and remove more gunk without expending extra elbow grease. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 In theory, that gunk could get into your eyes and cause anything from irritation to an infection. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can You Sneeze With Your Eyes Open?," 22 Mar. 2019 The gentle scrub is infused with charcoal to suck up all the gunk hanging out on your scalp, while the coconut oil keeps your hair moisturized. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 11 Best Scrubs and Treatments for Dry, Itchy Scalps," 12 Oct. 2018 This acts like a magnet, pulling grime and gunk off your skin.a porous black solid, consisting of an amorphous form of carbon, obtained as a residue when wood, bone, or other organic matter is heated in the absence of air. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Between leftover makeup and dead skin cells, our pillowcases collect a lot more gunk than any of us would like to think. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Glamour Editors on the Skin Care Tips That Changed Their Complexions," 9 Oct. 2018 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

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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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gunk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gunk

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

gunk

noun
\ 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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