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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.
Origin of grunge
1960-65; expressive coinage, perhaps reflecting grime and sludge; sense “grind” perhaps by association with drudge Unabridged
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(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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Word Origin and History for grunge

"sloppiness," also "untidy person," 1965, American English teen slang, probably a back-formation from grungy. The music and fashion style that originated in Seattle is attested from the early 1990s.

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  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.
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