Definition of crunk in US English:



  • A type of hip-hop music characterized by repeated shouted catchphrases and elements typical of electronic dance music, such as prominent bass.

    • ‘This is old-style Atlanta meets new-school crunk, with a few musical musings holding court next to loud, audacious productions.’
    • ‘Backed by her D.J., she rode tracks new and old, bringing together old-fashioned electro and futuristic dancehall reggae, London grime and Atlanta crunk.’
    • ‘You said before that crunk is just recycled bass music.’
    • ‘Doesn't the industry realize that even though girls like to get down to the crunk, they'd probably be even more into it if it was even the slightest bit empowering to THEM.’
    • ‘He cruises through genres like he's giving a guided tour, hitting crunk, dancehall, hip-hop, reggaeton, and naturally, a handful of bedroom ballads along the way.’
    • ‘I see grime music as a UK crunk, they get you hyped and people get rowdy, it's the same vibe.’
    • ‘We were dropping hip hop, ragga, crunk, Baltimore, grime, whatever, and people were so happy to hear all these different styles together.’
    • ‘She's been called the first lady of crunk, but can she kick it on the lanes?’
    • ‘Apparently, there's some new musical movement going on in the hip-hop world called crunk.’
    • ‘Early this year I started researching crunk for an article I planned to write about ‘dirtiness’ in pop music.’
    • ‘The production throughout the album in fact almost never succumbs to the easy crunk / dirty south clichés. Like the album itself, this is an interesting listen.’
    • ‘The mix also relies heavily on her flow, which aligns more closely with dancehall and crunk's all-chorus-all-the-time rhymes than it does with traditional hip-hop.’
    • ‘Genre names don't get more onomatopoeic than crunk.’
    • ‘Never on God's sweet earth has there been a more glorious union of manipulated kiddie-singing samples, frenetic bhangra pluckings, and classic crunk growl.’
    • ‘They played a big part in the rise and rise of crunk too, combining their old skool soul sensibilities with a new millennium base and creating something totally on their own, off the wall, unique, crazy and brilliant.’
    • ‘The kind of hip hop that he makes is called crunk, a peculiarly Southern variant that's molasses-thick and influenced by the local drug of choice, syrup.’


  • Very excited or full of energy.

    ‘get crunk with some raw hip hop’
    • ‘Let's get crunk!’
    • ‘Remember the episode where Michael gets crunk off some dodgy ghetto "health tonic" (aka, muscatel) with a dangerously high alcohol content?’
    • ‘Maybe Laura will happily drop me off there so I can get crunk without her for a change.’
    • ‘Fo'shizzle, I'm going to get hella crunk tonight.’
    • ‘You can't truly keep it crunk at an all-ages, family-oriented event, right?’
    • ‘Once I was aptly crunk I started singing and dancing like a madman.’
    • ‘If this is the price I pay to shake up authority and keep thangs crunk, I pay it gladly.’
    • ‘Bouncing onstage in a tiny pair of shorts, she wastes no time in getting the crowd crunk with a string of tracks from her debut album.’
    • ‘With their Dirty South sound, they gave the crowd exactly what they wanted - to get crunk of course.’
    • ‘He's got the world so hyped and crunk, there's no wonder why he's showing up in every song these days.’
    • ‘Life isn't always about being crunk and in the club.’


1990s (as adjective): perhaps an altered past participle of crank or a blend of crazy and drunk.