Definition of gunk in English:



mass nouninformal
  • An unpleasantly sticky or messy substance.

    ‘factories spewing out unspeakable gunk’
    • ‘Beneath the jet of hot water, a dollop of yellow yoghurt-like gunk scrubs the excess oil from my skin.’
    • ‘The black gunk stuck on their coats like glue and many of the birds could not move their wings.’
    • ‘It wasn't the smell of dirt and grime and gunk and deprivation.’
    • ‘The kitchen was the first room, and the garbage was overflowing, the counters were caked with gunk, and there were sticky spots on the floor.’
    • ‘Hulls can collect a heavy coating of gunk during the winter months.’
    • ‘I have been reduced to a quivering heap of tears after getting mushroom gunk under my fingernails when cooking Peter dinner.’
    • ‘This was a rather unusual feature that included stories about flubs, black gunk, and sewage plants.’
    • ‘After that, you just mix the pineapple gunk with the sugar syrup, the milk and lemon juice and put in the fridge.’
    • ‘It had a tendency to mix with clay-rich mud to form a gooey, sticky gunk that adhered to everything.’
    • ‘When I purified three quarts of tap water by distilling it, I got one pitcher of clean water and a residue of gray gunk.’
    • ‘We all know black strap molasses - that sticky, bitter, dark black gunk that is a by-product of the sugar industry.’
    • ‘Trees don't grow very well through concrete, and with all this gunk in the air the grass is more yellow than green.’
    • ‘I live near a busy road and heaven knows what the Carbon Monoxide and other gunk that is churned out by cars and lorries do to me.’
    • ‘Next, gauze is applied along with another layer of mineral gunk.’
    • ‘He was going to have to reach around in the mud and gunk at the bottom of the pond for their hats.’
    • ‘There came a point that I was so covered in sludgey brown gunk that I just didn't care.’
    • ‘The toe, or bottom of the scabbard is closed to prevent any dirt or gunk from entering.’
    • ‘Comets are in effect dirty snowballs, water ice coated in organic gunk.’
    • ‘Besides, heating amino acids with other gunk produced by Miller experiments would destroy them.’
    • ‘Inside them you will usually find dust mixed up with gunk and dried ink.’
    mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slush, slurry
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1930s (originally US): the proprietary name of a detergent.