\ 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

Synonyms for gunk


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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This time, the mysterious threat appears to be an attack of extraterrestrial cow patties, enormous heaps of foul-smelling gunk that fall out of the sky to slime the characters at random. Justin Chang,, "Mariano Llinás’ ‘La Flor’ is the dazzling, epic centerpiece of Locarno in Los Angeles," 15 June 2018 Mosquitoes are attracted to old junk lying around, according to McLean, who cited old flower pots and tires collecting grass clippings and other gunk as common examples. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "The *%$! mosquitoes are coming … but the #&@! gnats are already here," 7 June 2019 The Palmat is a ridged, silicone mat that promises to help remove all the dirt and gunk out of your brushes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This $9 Makeup Brush Cleaner Helped Dramatically Clear My Skin," 25 Apr. 2019 Without flossing, millions (yes, millions) of bacteria can feast on the gunk between your teeth, forming acids that, over time, cause cavities and irritate the gums. Joanne Chen, Redbook, "Teeth: An Owner's Manual," 24 July 2017 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

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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

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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