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

  • n. Informal A thick greasy substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any thick gooey and messy substance.

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

  • n. any thick, viscous matter


After Gunk, a trademark for a degreasing solvent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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    November 3, 2008

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    - George Eliot, Middlemarch

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