Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thick greasy substance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun informal any thick gooey and messy substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable, informal dirt or grime; any vague or unknown substance
  • noun uncountable A subculture of 21st century American males, combining elements of modern gothic culture with punk rock.
  • noun countable A member of the gunk subculture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any thick, viscous matter

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Gunk, a trademark for a degreasing solvent.]

Examples

  • Meanwhile, the brownish-blackish gunk is drifting along the coast to the northeast, Brower said.

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  • It then looks at your photo to see how much that theoretical sunlight has been obscured, and from that calculates how much gunk is in the air (it doesn't work yet on highly cloudy days).

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  • Meanwhile, the brownish-blackish gunk is drifting along the coast to the northeast, Brower said.

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  • The real gunk is on the three little rollers underneath the mouse that holds the ball in place.

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  • A vegetable stir-fry and a glass of red wine might go a long way toward preventing the formation of the brain gunk that can lead to Alzheimer's disease, studies report Monday.

    Diet link to Alzheimer's deepens

  • What kind of gunk gets carried in different gyres.

    Gyre and Gimble

  • “What do you mean, what kind of gunk gets carried in the water?”

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  • What kind of gunk gets carried in different gyres.

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  • But I was looking in the tank (to see if it needed more salt) and realized there was some kind of gunk on the inside walls.

    *phone hate*

  • Makes me wonder what kind of gunk got into the kids while we were using the dishwasher dirty!

    Do you know what's growing in your dishwasher?

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  • "...a kind Providence furnishes the limpest personality with a little gunk or starch in the form of tradition."

    - George Eliot, Middlemarch

    February 13, 2008

  • I'm surrounded by ontologists who are concerned about the possibility of gunk. Apparently in mereology it's a term for stuff that isn't ultimately composed of fundamental particles: the parts all have further parts.

    November 3, 2008