Definition of gunge in English:

gunge

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Pronunciation: /ɡʌn(d)ʒ
 
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British informal

noun

[mass noun]
An unpleasantly sticky or viscous substance.
More example sentences
  • Concentration is adversely affected by smoking with the gradual blocking up of the arteries and veins with gunge from cigarettes that starve the brain of oxygen.
  • Condenser boilers are more sensitive than older traditional boilers to sediment and general gunge flowing around the central heating system.
  • I had spent all my money caving in France over the summer and was trying to live on porridge, potatoes and some sort of powdered gunge that was supposed to provide all of the body's nutritional requirements when mixed with water.

verb (gunges, gungeing, gunged)

[with object] (gunge something up) Back to top  
Clog or obstruct something with gunge.
More example sentences
  • His own company had to come back and bleed the radiators after the new pump was put in, because the sheer power of it shifted old limescale et al and gunged the system up.

Origin

1960s: perhaps suggested by goo and gunk.

Derivatives

gungy

adjective (gungier, gungiest)
More example sentences
  • Mr Murray, and his wife Doris, 62, said they were left with ‘nothing but a gungy swimming pool’ at the back of his home.
  • The walls are actually painted a light terracotta but the lab has made them resemble yesterday's mustard, all dry and gungy and beginning to turn green.
  • Was Galloway's permanent rage going to be banked by a great gungy outpouring of slavering goodwill?

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