a type of hip-hop originating in the southern U.S. and characterized by heavy bass and call-and-response vocals.


  1. excited; full of energy.
  2. drunk and high on drugs.

Origin of crunk

1990-95; perhaps cr(azy) + (dr)unk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • In every instance some member of the Crunk gang would claim the property under oath and take it away.

    The Twin Hells

    John N. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for crunk



a form of hip-hop music originating in the southern states of the US

Word Origin for crunk

C20: from cr (azy) + (dr) unk
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Word Origin and History for crunk

by 1999, style of popular music developed in U.S. South in 1990s; often said to be a contraction of crazy drunk. It was used early in a sense of "cool, good."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper