- any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation: gunk on the oil filter.
Origin of gunk
An Americanism dating back to 1932; originally a trademark name for a degreasing solvent
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Examples from the Web for gunk
Gunk; a 'take in,' a 'sell'; as a verb, to 'take in,' to cheat.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
Alive or dead, the gunk was the most powerful desiccant I'd ever heard of.The Water Eater
"Gunk" is the poor makeshift that must be employed to indicate it.
Penrod uttered one half-hearted "Gunk" as he turned in at his own gate.
I've been fighting this cowlick ever since I've been a kid—stocking caps, gunk, the works.The Romantic Analogue
- informal slimy, oily, or filthy matter
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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