noun Slang.
dirt; filth; rubbish.
something of inferior quality; trash: He didn't know good music from grunge.
a person who works hard, usually for meager rewards; grind.
a style or fashion derived from a movement in rock music: in fashion characterized by unkempt clothing and in music by aggressive, nihilistic songs.

1960–65; expressive coinage, perhaps reflecting grime and sludge; sense “grind” perhaps by association with drudge Unabridged
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grunge (ɡrʌndʒ)
1.  slang (US) dirt or rubbish
2.  a style of rock music originating in the US in the late 1980s, featuring a distorted guitar sound
3.  a deliberately untidy and uncoordinated fashion style
[C20: possibly a coinage imitating grime + sludge]

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Computing Dictionary

grunge definition

/gruhnj/ 1. That which is grungy, or that which makes it so.
2. [Cambridge] Code which is inaccessible due to changes in other parts of the program. The preferred term in North America is dead code.

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Example sentences
But this fleece-loving city that launched the grunge music movement and a national espresso craze is no backwater.
The rise of grunge in the early nineties brought their party to an end, and the band gradually imploded.
Barber shoots it in a grunge style so flamboyant he seems to be aestheticizing sleaze.
It was the grunge reunion of the year, and they played all the hits.
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