Definition of gunge in English:



  • [mass noun] An unpleasantly sticky or viscous substance.

    • ‘Tonnes of gunge has been cleared from the drainage system so that the rainwater that is very much part of Greenock life can seep away, and the home improvements are continuing.’
    • ‘I had spent all my money caving in France over the summer and was trying to live on porridge, potatoes and some sort of powdered gunge that was supposed to provide all of the body's nutritional requirements when mixed with water.’
    • ‘So, I made coffee, and Graham dismantled the vacuum cleaner, clearing out all the hidden fluff and gunge that some fifteen years of faithful service hides away in such devices.’
    • ‘Condenser boilers are more sensitive than older traditional boilers to sediment and general gunge flowing around the central heating system.’
    • ‘The lips are painted over and over as tons of the red gunge dissolves, is eaten, licked off, absorbed.’
    • ‘This gunge makes your skin feel as if it has been swathed in silk.’
    • ‘Concentration is adversely affected by smoking with the gradual blocking up of the arteries and veins with gunge from cigarettes that starve the brain of oxygen.’
    • ‘My nose running, my sinuses churning out gunge.’
    • ‘The Royal Society of Chemistry yesterday launched a search for the most spectacular growth of green gunge to be found in a forgotten mug at work.’
    • ‘A small silence ensued, punctuated by the less than pleasant sound of gloop and gunge bubbling through poor Graham's sinuses.’
    • ‘As she bent down awkwardly in a hopeless endeavor to retrieve them, her glasses and purse also disappeared into the watery gunge below.’
    • ‘I'd just spent fifteen minutes stripping all the meat left over on the chicken carcass I'd roasted for our dinner yesterday in preparation for a top-crust chicken and mushroom pie for today and my hands were dripping with grease and gunge.’
    • ‘His show - in which celebrities were humiliated by Blobby or doused in gunge - was a Saturday night staple until it was given the push in 1999 when viewers began to desert.’
    • ‘The mechanism by which this cargo of gunge will be released is as crudely sensitive as it is simple.’
    • ‘You put bland milk in one end and gunge from the gates of hell erupts from the other.’
    • ‘I'm as guilty of gunge in the keyboard as the next person (the first laptop was a prime victim of it, I have to say) but all the same, yuck.’
    • ‘The glass oven door was splattered with a mass of yellow and white gunge mixed with pulverised eggshells.’
    • ‘An hour later, the repairman had consumed half a cup of tea, thoroughly cleaned the accumulated gunge off the various components of the system and replaced our thermostat.’
    • ‘Three teachers from a Shepperton school were covered in green gunge last week, to raise money for a children's charity.’
    • ‘Not only do the have a tube that look like an artery from which they squeeze some disgusting, off-white fatty gunge but it also has shots of various people smoking and the same gunge is dripping out of the end of the cigarettes.’
    dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
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  • Clog or obstruct something with gunge.

    • ‘His own company had to come back and bleed the radiators after the new pump was put in, because the sheer power of it shifted old limescale et al and gunged the system up.’
    block, block up, clog, clog up, get in the way of, stand in the way of, cut off, shut off, jam, bung up, gum up, choke, barricade, bar, dam up
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1960s: perhaps suggested by goo and gunk.