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adjective, grun·gi·er, grun·gi·est. Slang.
  1. ugly, run-down, or dilapidated: a grungy, abandoned mill town.
  2. dirty; filthy: a pair of grungy sneakers.
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Origin of grungy

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; grunge + -y1
Related formsgrun·gi·ness, noun
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Related Words for grungy

rundown, dilapidated, grimy, grubby, disheveled, filthy, disgusting, flimsy, foul, greasy, messy, nasty, offensive, repellent, revolting, shoddy, slimy, sloppy, trashy, unclean

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British Dictionary definitions for grungy


adjective -gier or -giest slang
  1. mainly US and Canadian squalid or seedy
  2. (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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