- 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
Examples from the Web for grunge
Grunge makes sense if you're a sad, self-righteous teenager.
Seriously—go raid your dusty CaseLogic archives and listen to a bunch of early, non-Nirvana grunge CDs sometime.
The fascinating tragedy of Flappy Bird might go down in history as a defining “grunge moment” for videogames.Addiction & Fame: How Flappy Bird is the App Store’s Grunge Moment
February 12, 2014
There was the grunge trend, of course, and the mainstreaming of hip-hop gear.Finally! ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is Hollywood’s First 1990s Period Piece
December 23, 2013
Looking back, I feel like there was something really magical about that whole period: Generation X, Grunge, slackers.Winona Ryder Dishes on ‘Homefront,’ ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ and Generation X
November 27, 2013
- 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 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.