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

1960–65; expressive coinage, perhaps reflecting grime and sludge; sense “grind” perhaps by association with drudge
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British Dictionary definitions for grunge


  1. US slang 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
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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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