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[gruhnj] /grʌndʒ/
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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Examples for grunge
  • 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.
  • Purging water of parasites, viruses, bacteria and other grunge is nothing new.
British Dictionary definitions for grunge


(US, slang) dirt or rubbish
a style of rock music originating in the US in the late 1980s, featuring a distorted guitar sound
a deliberately untidy and uncoordinated fashion style
Word Origin
C20: possibly a coinage imitating grime + sludge
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Contemporary definitions for grunge

See grunge music's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for grunge


  1. Boring (1960s+ Teenagers)
  2. grungy (1960s+ Teenagers)
  1. A dull, tedious person; nerd, pill
  2. Slovenliness; sloppiness (1960s+ Teenagers)
  3. Something nasty: Those globs of guitar grunge get me off every time (1960s+ Teenagers)
  4. A style of dress featuring mismatched and rumpled garments, mostly suggesting lumberjacks, appearing to have been bought at thrift shops and donned at random, and favored by grunge rock musicians: ''Stuff We Hate'' grunge as high fashion/ Garth's wardrobe is mostly grunge (1990s+)
  5. A kind of rock music originally associated with Seattle, wa: Nirvana and Pearl Jam are two of the best grunge bands (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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grunge in Technology

/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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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