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[gruhn-jee] /ˈgrʌn dʒi/
adjective, grungier, grungiest. Slang.
ugly, run-down, or dilapidated:
a grungy, abandoned mill town.
dirty; filthy:
a pair of grungy sneakers.
Origin of grungy
1965-70, Americanism; grunge + -y1
Related forms
grunginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grungy
  • It's not the white-sanded littoral paradise of a thousand movies but a grungy, rock-strewn place.
  • Carry it in a briefcase or other, preferably grungy-looking, case.
British Dictionary definitions for grungy


adjective (slang) -gier, -giest
(mainly US & Canadian) squalid or seedy
(of pop music) characterized by a loud fuzzy guitar sound
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Word Origin and History for grungy

"sloppy, shabby," 1965, American English slang, perhaps a blend of grubby and dingy.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grungy



Shabby; squalid; dirty; grotty, scuzzy: I put down in my grungy little notebook that Max Frisch was a wise man/ the peerless, fearless, slightly grungy Grodin to investigate

[1960s+ Teenagers; origin unknown; perhaps sound symbolism resembling gross, mangy, mung, stingy, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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