Grime vs Gunk - What's the difference?

grime | gunk |

As nouns the difference between grime and gunk

is that grime is dirt, grease, soot, etc that is ingrained and difficult to remove while gunk is (uncountable|informal) dirt or grime; any vague or unknown substance.

As verbs the difference between grime and gunk

is that grime is to begrime; to cake with dirt while gunk is to soil or make dirty.



(wikipedia grime)


  • Dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall.  Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime .}}
  • (music) A genre of urban music that emerged in London, England, in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, dancehall, and hip hop.
  • Verb

  • To begrime; to cake with dirt
  • * {{quote-book, year=1862, author=Edwin Waugh, title=Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=All grimed with coaldust, they swing along the street with their dinner baskets and cans in their hands, chattering merrily.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1920, author=Harold Bindloss, title=Lister's Great Adventure, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Fog from the river rolled up the street and the windows were grimed by soot, but Cartwright had not turned on the electric light.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1918, author=Harold Bindloss, title=The Buccaneer Farmer, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=His skin was grimed with dust, for he had ridden hard in scorching heat, and was anxious and impatient to get on.}} ----




  • (uncountable, informal) dirt or grime; any vague or unknown substance
  • I washed all the gunk off the light fixture, and found that it was white, not brown.
  • (uncountable) A subculture of 21st century American males, combining elements of modern gothic culture with punk rock.
  • (countable) A member of the gunk subculture.
  • Synonyms

    * goo * goop * gunge

    Derived terms

    * gunk up * degunking


    (en verb)
  • To soil or make dirty
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