Definition of grunge in English:

grunge

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Pronunciation: /grʌn(d)ʒ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1 informal Grime; dirt.
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  • But there must be limits to disgust as well, because you know we also need a bit of dirt and grunge in our lives to prime our immune system.
  • Besides the sheer danger of war reporting, these books give a palpable sense of the dislocation and discomfort of the job, the stench of war and the deafening noise of it, the grunge and grime of it.
  • It felt so good to wash away the grunge and grime of the previous night and I stood in the shower a bit longer than necessary, thankful that God had indeed created hot water tanks.
2 (also grunge rock) A style of rock music characterized by a raucous guitar sound and lazy vocal delivery.
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  • But rock took a back seat in the last two decades because of the predominance of electronic music, as well as the emergence of strains like grunge rock and hip-hop, which did not appeal to mainstream Indian viewers.
  • Not everyone has been content with this story focusing, as it does, on how one 1990s set of mid-west grunge rock artists blended rock with the country music of the small town America where they lived.
  • ‘In the midst of all this,’ he writes of the era of Generation X and grunge rock, ‘satire alone could be safely, unequivocally embraced, because it acknowledged the sanctity of nothing at all.’
2.1The fashion associated with grunge rock, including loose, layered clothing and ripped jeans.
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  • The convergence of grunge with high fashion in the 1990s was an indication of the growing tension between the style sought by wealth and mass-marketing necessity.
  • Eventually they arrived, the new vehicle of choice for whiskered hippie types who explored the trails in jeans and flannel shirts way before grunge became popular.
  • But along came Tom, with his low-cut velvet hipsters and his slinky jersey dresses, and grunge was sent scurrying off back to Seattle.

Origin

1960s: back-formation from grungy, perhaps suggested by grubby and dingy.

Derivatives

grunginess

noun
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  • I got so disgusted with the stickiness and grunginess of my keyboard the other day, I decided to take action.
  • The atmosphere was edgy and cool without relying on grunginess to add to the place's "character".
  • The reason I can't give this place the full set of stars is because of the grunginess.

grungy

(also grungey) adjective (grungier, grungiest)
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  • Dull Edges is a three-piece rock 'n' roll band from Brooklyn with a grungey psychedelic sound.
  • I found Ashton completely absorbed under the hood of some grungy old dilapidated-looking car.
  • I had been on the run for about two weeks and began to feel grungy from the lack of bathing.

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