gunk NOUN informal unpleasantly sticky or messy matter.
ORIGIN the proprietary name of a US detergent.

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  • gunk up — [phrasal verb] gunk up (something) or gunk (something) up US, informal : to cause (something) to be dirty, sticky, or greasy Don t gunk up your hair with a lot of styling products. The mechanism gets gunked up if you don t clean it regularly …   Useful english dictionary

  • gunk — n. any thick gooey and messy substance. [informal] Syn: goo, gook, guck, muck, ooze, sludge, slime. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gunk — 1949, viscous substance, Amer.Eng., apparently from Gunk, trademark for a thick liquid soap patented 1932 by A.F. Curran Co. of Malden, Mass …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Gunk — In mereology, the term gunk applies to any whole whose parts all have further proper parts. That is, a gunky object is not made of indivisible atoms . In contrast, an atomic individual is entirely decomposable into atoms. If point sized objects… …   Wikipedia

  • gunk — [garjk] 1. n. any nasty, messy stuff. □ What is this gunk on the counter? □ Get this gunk up off the floor before it dries. 2. n. glue sniffed as a drug. (Drugs.) □ This kid is high on gunk. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • gunk — gunk1 [ gʌŋk ] noun uncount INFORMAL any soft sticky or dirty substance ╾ gunk|y adjective gunk gunk 2 [ gʌŋk ] verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL be gunked up (with something) to be blocked or covered with a dirty sticky substance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gunk — [[t]gʌŋk[/t]] n. Slang. any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation • Etymology: 1932, amer.; orig. a trademark name for a degreasing solvent gunk′y, adj. gunk•i•er, gunk•i•est …   From formal English to slang

  • gunk — gunk1 [gʌŋk] n [U] AmE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Gunk, a trademark for a type of soap] any substance that is dirty, sticky, or unpleasant British Equivalent: gunge >gunky adj gunk 2 gunk2 v be gunked up (with sth) AmE informal to be… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gunk — be·gunk; gunk; …   English syllables

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