noun Informal.

any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation: gunk on the oil filter.

Nearby words

  1. gunflint,
  2. gung ho,
  3. gung-ho,
  4. gunge,
  5. gunite,
  6. gunk hole,
  7. gunky,
  8. gunlock,
  9. gunmaker,
  10. gunman

Origin of gunk

An Americanism dating back to 1932; originally a trademark name for a degreasing solvent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gunk



informal slimy, oily, or filthy matter

Word Origin for gunk

C20: perhaps of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for gunk



1949, "viscous substance," American English, apparently from Gunk, trademark for a thick liquid soap patented 1932 by A.F. Curran Co. of Malden, Mass.

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