\ ˈgrənj How to pronounce grunge (audio) \

Definition of grunge

1 : one that is grungy
2 : rock music incorporating elements of punk rock and heavy metal also : the untidy fashions typical of fans of grunge

Other Words from grunge

grunger \ ˈgrən-​jər \ noun

Examples of grunge in a Sentence

I'm a fan of grunge. I cleared the grunge out of the drains.
Recent Examples on the Web The 1990s grunge movement also influenced today's plaid. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 But Foo Fighters became an essential part of the grunge era, establishing a level of consistency and longevity rarely seen in modern music. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021 Pearl Jam was the most successful band to come out of the grunge movement. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 Cantrell looks back on his career that spans 34 years -- starting at the forefront of grunge’s insurgence with Alice in Chains’ 1990 debut, Facelift -- with pride. Billboard, 29 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately that follow-up dropped during the grunge swell that overnight unfairly relegated bands from the previous decade a punching bag for the next 10 years or so. Matt Wake |, al, 22 Oct. 2021 By 1993, grunge had significantly changed the landscape of contemporary rock. Matt Wake |, al, 14 Oct. 2021 Megan Fox is largely responsible for the grunge-glam rockstar girlfriend revival. Hanna Flanagan,, 12 Oct. 2021 Nirvana also continued to rise up the Artists 500 chart in the wake of Nevermind’s 30th anniversary, with the grunge pioneers hitting a new peak of Number 104 with 19.1 million song streams. Rs Charts, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of grunge

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grunge

back-formation from grungy

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13 Nov 2021

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“Grunge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grunge

: a type of loud rock music that was popular especially in the early 1990s also : the fashions associated with this type of music
: heavy dirt

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