adjective, grun·gi·er, grun·gi·est. Slang.

ugly, run-down, or dilapidated: a grungy, abandoned mill town.
dirty; filthy: a pair of grungy sneakers.

Origin of grungy

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; grunge + -y1
Related formsgrun·gi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grungy

Contemporary Examples of grungy

  • Herb sent me a photo of this “grungy hippie-type surfer boy,” as he called him.

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    October 22, 2010

  • Food Destination Where grungy meets gourmet, and you leave happily stuffed.

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British Dictionary definitions for grungy


adjective -gier or -giest slang

mainly US and 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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